County Executive Mike Hein has lowered County Property taxes for the last three years, with a commitment to continue lowering them in coming years. Making this a reality requires real vision and strong leadership, and Mike has a proven track record of reforming County government to save money, protecting property taxpayers, and growing our economy.
When Mike became our first County Executive, County Government was growing out of control and taxpayers were paying the price. With many families struggling simply to make ends meet, Mike Hein’s first priority was to protect local taxpayers while putting Ulster County back on a sound fiscal footing. He made the tough but compassionate choices that allowed Ulster County to reduce costs while ensuring more essential services are available than ever before. His steadfast dedication to effective and efficient government has meant meaningful results for all, including:
- Reducing the tax levy year after year;
- Eliminating longstanding wasteful spending problems throughout County Government, thus allowing for increased investment in roads and bridges, human services, and economic development;
- Banning nepotism to avoid conflicts of interest and improve accountability, and expanding transparency;
- Finding creative ways to save taxpayers money, such as transitioning County employee health insurance to a self-insured plan, saving taxpayers an estimated $2.1 million.
- Ulster County is now the most fiscally stable county in its entire region according to the New York State Comptroller’s 2013 Fiscal Stress Monitoring System;
- Standard and Poor’s upgraded Ulster County’s Bond Rating for the first time in years;
- Taxpayers saved over $25 million dollars in eliminated wasteful spending in 2014 and 2015 alone, delivering the largest reduction in County Government spending in its history;
- Ulster County is among only a few Counties statewide to never exceed the tax cap, with the County Real Property Tax Levy actually going down.