A standing ovation to a local veteran, a cell phone app and highlighting her administration’s successful fiscal, environmental, infrastructure, public health and safety and social programs and projects were all part of County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s informative and entertaining State of the County Address presented to the public on Thursday, March 13 at the Putnam County Golf Course.
The highlight of the presentation was that in spite of the many federal and state underfunded programs Putnam must comply with, Odell said Commissioner of Finance William Carlin has worked diligently with her to ensure that Putnam stayed below the Albany tax cap by more than 50 percent in both 2012 and 2013. More surprisingly, under Odell’s leadership, despite the minor tax increases, the County was also able to significantly under-run its budget in 2012 and 2013. This under-run enabled the County to pay down its NYS Retirement System debt by $3.5 million and increase its insurance fund balance by $1 million. This fiscal responsibility was instrumental in ensuring the County maintained its Moody’s credit rating while every nearby County has been down-graded. .
Odell recounted her administration’s outreach to the private sector noting the rewarding and cost-effective blend of business and government personnel as she delivered her “Pathways to the Future” Power Point presentation.