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McCoy: County can meet tax cap by 2015

County executive says consolidation is key to future

At his State of the County address, Monday, March 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy addressed several issues, including consolidation and building partnerships.

At his State of the County address, Monday, March 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy addressed several issues, including consolidation and building partnerships. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Calling 2013 a “pivotal year for Albany County,” County Executive Dan McCoy said in his State of the County Address he wants to keep up momentum built in 2012 by continuing consolidations, establishing more partnerships, seeking ways to save money and making meaningful movement on the county nursing home.

“We have started to pave the way down the road to recovery,” he said.

That road includes meeting the state’s 2 percent property tax cap by 2015, McCoy announced in the speech delivered Monday, March 11, from the county offices in downtown Albany. He spoke to a room packed with county officials, state workers and members of the community.

Meeting the tax cap, McCoy said, will require “willingness to forge new partnerships and face challenges that have been left unsolved for decades.”

“Our financial plan in 2012 was a jumpstart for Albany County on the road to fiscal recovery. This long term financial plan ensures that Albany County can meet the 2 percent property tax cap by 2015,” McCoy said.

The county raised property taxes by 7.6 percent in the 2013 budget, and by 8 percent the year before that.

McCoy pointed to several accomplishments during his first year in office, including a partnership with Schenectady County Community College that will allow up to 1,000 students to take classes in the Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building. The initiative provides alternative higher education options for Albany County students as well as reduces the high costs of community college payments, she said.

The county also reestablished the Albany County Veterans Service Bureau and partnered with John Downing and Solider On, a nationally-recognized program for homeless veterans. Through the partnership, Solider On established an Albany County Resource and Referral Center on the property near the former Heritage Park site with plans to develop housing for veterans.

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