How We Helped Cut Taxes

The headline in Wednesday’s Kingston (NY) Freeman read:  “Village of Saugerties Tax Rate to Drop Sharply.”

Good news and highly unsual in these difficult times.  How did they do it?

Village officials have revised their budget draft for the coming year to reflect a 21 percent decrease in the property tax rate and a slight decrease in the total amount to be collected in property taxes.

The decreases are largely due to the village police department being eliminated.

A couple of years ago, Fairweather Consulting was selected by the Village and Town of Saugerties to conduct a study on police consolidation.  My colleague Tim Weidemann led the effort.  It’s gratifying to see the results.  You can read the full article here.

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