Poughkeepsie, NY — The Democratic message on the State of Dutchess County: Control deficit spending and runaway borrowing

Tonight Dutchess County Democrats released their perspective on the state of Dutchess County in a balanced response. In a video message, former County Comptroller Diane Jablonski (D), delivered the Democrats’ message warning county residents that Dutchess County government’s continued borrowing and spending practices will lead to higher property taxes.

The Democrats took County Executive Molinaro to task for his recent claims made about Dutchess County’s fiscal situation. “In fact, a true statement of our financial picture tells a very different story – a story of higher debt, higher spending, and higher taxes. A story that should concern every resident of Dutchess County because we, the taxpayers, are ultimately left to pay the bill for the budget gimmicks and misguided policies of this administration,” stated Diane Jablonski, former Dutchess County Comptroller. The Democrats also called for a County Charter Commission to be formed to review the nearly 50 year old County Charter and make recommendations to modernize our local government structures in Dutchess County.

Democratic Chairwoman Elisa Sumner stated, “Former Comptroller Jablonski has made a strong case as to why county residents should be concerned about Dutchess County’s fiscal situation. The fact is this administration has moved to raise every form of taxation under its purview; property taxes, sales taxes, energy taxes, and mortgage taxes.”

Despite all the fanfare about the soundness of the recently adopted 2015 County budget, the reality is the budget has a multi-million dollar deficit and raises property taxes on most homeowners. It is time to rethink county government.

LINK TO VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEps-rF1Zog