FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2019
City of Kingston
KINGSTON, NY -- Mayor Steve Noble’s 2020
Recommended Budget was unanimously adopted by Kingston’s Common Council
tonight. The total 2020 General Fund budget is
Under the 2020 Adopted Budget, the tax
levy will remain frozen at $17,650,940 with a 0% increase for the fifth year in
a row. Tax rates continue to decline for the third consecutive year for
homestead (from $9.73 to $9.04 per $1,000 of assessed value), and a steep tax
rate drop for non-homestead, which will decrease from $15.59 to $14.24 per
$1,000 of assessed value. Over $1,070,000 has been placed in contingency in
preparation for potential non-recurring expenses, keeps all essential services
intact with no eliminations of currently filled full-time positions, and adds
or expands 12 full-time positions.
The Common Council voted to appropriate an
additional $542,000 from the fund balance to purchase equipment and vehicles
for various City departments rather than bonding, which will save future
interest costs for taxpayers.
“I want to thank the Common Council for
their close read of the 2020 Budget and their diligence in looking at every
facet when allocating taxpayer dollars. We have created a very strong budget
that aligns with my overall goals for the future of the City of Kingston,” said
Mayor Noble. “The budget also introduces an incremental raise of $5000 a year
for the next five years, which will bring the Mayoral salary to $100,000 in
2024. The last raise was in 2006 - this increase is commensurate with similar
nearby cities and will ensure that the position of Mayor in the City of
Kingston remains attractive to talented candidates with municipal
“A $44,464,333 budget is a big deal. It’s
a lot of money and it’s the lifeblood of the City. I want to assure the public
that this budget has gone through extensive review. We held a series of
meetings and every line item has been reviewed down to the last detail,” said
Finance Committee Chair Douglas Koop, Ward 2.
The 2020 Adopted Budget will support a
variety of core service areas within the City of Kingston, including:
Infrastructure improvements continue to be
a primary focus, in several areas: sidewalks, streets, waterfront, and sewer.
Many infrastructure improvements and capital projects will be moving forward in
2020, including the Broadway Streetscape Project, Rondout Riverport
Stabilization, Henry Street Safe Routes to School, Franklin Street Complete
Streets, among others. The budget also includes essential DPW and Parks &
Recreation equipment, including a dump truck, milling attachment for paving
work, and a sweeper.
The Kingston City Land Bank will be fully
funded in 2020, with a two-year combined investment of over $3 million into
quality housing that is affordable. The Office of Economic and Community
Development will move to a refurbished property on Franklin Street, ensuring
that the Office’s services are easily accessible to local residents.
The City will invest in necessary safety
gear for the Kingston Police Department, including ballistics vests and other
protective equipment. The Kingston Fire Department will purchase a new fire
Parks and Recreation
In 2020, the Parks and Recreation
Department will continue to manage 110 acres of parkland, including 11 parks, 3
community centers, a riverfront beach, a community pool, and an interpretive
nature center, as well as taking on management of Dietz Stadium. The budget
earmarks $150,000 for Wi-Fi in Kingston parks, improvements to Block and
Loughran Parks, as well as the construction of a skatepark at Hasbrouck Park.
Kingston continues to be a leader in
environmental and sustainability initiatives. In 2020, the City will implement
LED streetlight replacement, invest in several projects that protect and
revitalized the waterfront, and continue to reduce emissions with electric
vehicles and charging stations.
The 2020 Adopted Budget will be posted at:
under Latest News.