My 2019 Recommended Budget was unanimously approved by the Common Council this week with very few modifications. The budget reflects an ambitious agenda for 2019, focusing on key areas including infrastructure, housing, public safety, quality of life and sustainability. The 2019 Budget tax levy remains frozen at the 2016 level and lowers both residential and commercial tax rates for property owners.
Infrastructure improvements continue to be a primary focus this coming year. The 2019 budget allocates
nearly $1 million for paving Kingston streets in 2019. Over half a million dollars has been included in the Department of Public Works Capital Plan. The Kingston City Land Bank will be fully funded in 2019, with a two-year combined investment of over $3 million into quality housing that is affordable.
In addition to annual recurring public safety services
, supplemental "turn-out" gear will be purchased for every firefighter in the Kingston Fire Department to support the health and safety of our incredible first responders. The Kingston Police Department will participate in the newly established Peaceful Guardians program in collaboration with the Center for Creative Education, gaining important skills and building connections with youth in our community.
Kingston continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability, and in 2019, we will focus on open-space planning, waterfront resiliency, LED streetlight replacement, and reducing emissions by investing in electric vehicles and charging stations.
These are just a few of the forward-moving initiatives for the City for 2019. To read more, visit
, the final 2019 Adopted Budget will be posted under Latest News soon.