the Dutchess County Budget and Finance Committee

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Budget and Finance Committee of the Dutchess County Legislature has started the ball rolling on a memorializing resolution asking the state to pay for mandates.

Dutchess lawmakers noted that 70 percent of the county’s annual budget is comprised of unfunded mandates.

Republican Legislator Angela Flesland told her colleagues during Thursday’s committee session that it is unfair to continue to force localities to foot the bill.

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County government’s financial picture is better than last year’s, but not as good as it was prior to the recession in 2007. That word came Thursday from county Budget Director Valerie Sommerville, who briefed the Budget and Finance Committee of the county legislature.

Sommerville told lawmakers the expected economic recovery has not been as rapid as anticipated.