Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 03/30/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro have announced $5.25 million in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that could enable Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax.
The local tax, which took effect on March 1, 2014, imposed a 3.75 percent sales tax on all residential energy sources, including electricity and fuel oil to balance the Dutchess County budget.
The state’s 2014- 2015 budget agreement includes $5.25 million of mandate relief funding for Dutchess County, which could enable for the repeal of the energy tax. The funding comes from three unique areas of need for Dutchess County. $3.5 million was allotted for services and expenses of Dutchess County, $1.4 million was allotted for services and expenses of the Dutchess County Coordinated Jail Based Services and $350,000 was allotted to help offset the closure of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC).
“I was happy to work in a bipartisan fashion with County Executive Molinaro, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and other local elected officials to secure this critical state funding that will now enable Dutchess County to repeal this local energy tax,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As always, the devil will be in the details, but I certainly hope that Dutchess will immediately move forward to leverage these savings to repeal the local energy tax and to provide taxpayer savings immediately.”
“The closure of two state psychiatric facilities in just three years has placed enormous stress on our mental health and criminal justice systems. We have made relief from the state in these critical areas a priority. These last few months we made our case and Senator Greg Ball and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett worked to assist us. By putting politics aside, we came together and these funds will offset increased demands in mental health caseloads and provide inmate services at the County Jail. We look forward to state budget adoption so these unrestricted funds from New York can be used to provide Dutchess County much needed relief and enable us to proceed with repeal of the sales tax on residential energy costs,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
“Besides a few press releases and a tired recycled energy policy that does nothing to provide real relief for beleaguered taxpayers, Senator Gipson has paid lip service to Dutchess county residents for 15 months and has done nothing to provide real relief. Senator Ball needs a real partner in Albany to solve problems, not someone who is part of the problem. As the only true fiscal Conservative running against Senator Gipson, I have made a pledge to never raise taxes and like Senator Ball, I’m not afraid to stand up to political insiders and the go along get along crowd,” said Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan.
“In January, I called on our State Legislators to partner with us to deliver mandate relief in order to repeal the energy tax. Senator Greg Ball was there for us, but unfortunately Senator Gipson was nowhere to be found,” said Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison. “Terry Gipson was elected as the accidental Senator, and now he is proving to be the absentee Senator. When elected Senator, I will continue to work hard to give the people of New York’s 41st District representation they deserve.”
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