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State of Sullivan County address

May 29, 2013

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, gave the State of the County Address on May 24 at the government center in Monticello. The address reflected the fact that the county is still suffering the impacts of the great recession, but there was also a bit of good news. Samuelson said, “The county ended 2012 with encouraging news. Sullivan County sales tax revenues had come in more than $1 million greater than what had been anticipated in the 2012 operating budget. This and other cost-saving measures that were implemented resulted in growth in the county’s fund balance…While we welcomed this news, it was tempered by the fact that the county’s unemployment rate in January 2013 was above 11% and our property owners are struggling more and more every year to pay their tax bills. We must find a means to alleviate that burden.”

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