FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2022
Mayor Noble Signs 2023 Adopted Budget
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble’s 2023 Recommended Budget was adopted as amended by Kingston’s Common Council on Tuesday night. The total 2023 General Fund budget is $50,156,158.
Under the 2023 Adopted Budget, the tax levy will be reduced to $17,600,940, which is a $50,000 decrease from 2022. The City’s 2023 tax levy is at its lowest point since 2015. Tax rates continue to decline for the seventh consecutive year for homestead (from $8.82 to $8.81 per $1,000 of assessed value) and non-homestead (from $14.14 to $13.91 per $1,000 of assessed value).
The 2023 Budget includes the addition of 8 jobs year-over-year and an investment in equipment across several departments to maintain various infrastructure. The budget provides ample funding for public safety and includes the addition of a full-time Crime Analyst at the Police Department and a Mobile Mental Health EMT/firefighter at the Fire Department.
“As everyone is painfully aware, inflation has raised prices on almost everything, and substantially. That means the City of Kingston’s expenses are also up – everything from electricity and fuel to major infrastructure projects,” said Mayor Noble. “But with this budget, we will continue to deliver on promises to provide essential services to our residents. By investing in our City staff and in the proper equipment, we will be able to continue to build what is needed and maintain what is built. As we look to 2023, the budget will continue to support our work in the areas of housing, public safety, infrastructure, and parks.”
The budget also includes significant investment in sustainability initiatives such as composting and municipal solar projects. More on these initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks.
All budgets can be found at https://kingston-ny.gov/budget. To view Mayor Noble’s 2023 Proposed Budget and presentation, visit https://kingston-ny.gov/budget2023.