2015 Tentative Budget – Decreased Spending

Budget 2

A reduction of mental hygiene and other health and wellness programs by $6,822,973 is nothing to brag about.  Government workforce consolidation and departmental reorganization in the name of efficiency is troubling.  While the savings are immediate, there is a limit to the number of cuts governments can sustain before the costs—to the work lives of its employees and to services it provides—begin to outstrip the savings benefits.

The County needs a comprehensive assessment of the full costs and benefits—both monetary and non-monetary—of “rightsizing” our government to determine whether the 2015 Tentative Budget is a budget that ALL Dutchess County residents deserve.