Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell delivered her 7th State of the County address. She highlighted dramatic reductions in county debt obligations, stable tax rates, and the renovation of the Carmel senior center. She also mentioned the sewer and wastewater treatment projects in Lake Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac as ways to protect the environment and allow responsible commercial development. After thanking county employees for recovery efforts following two major nor’easters, Odell declared 2018 the Year of the Volunteer in Putnam County. Odell said during her address that the total debt summary of the county has decreased by $30.4 millionor 29%, since she took office in 2011. Putnam County also continues to have the lowest tax bill of any of the 62 counties in New York State.