Schuyler County budget drops tax rate
WATKINS GLEN — Schuyler County lawmakers are studying a tentative 2014 budget that carries a tax rate slightly less than this year's rate.
Spending and revenues are also down in the $42.6 million proposed plan.
Legislators will have a rare evening workshop on Oct. 22 to continue their budget discussions.
The proposed budget totals $42,641,596. The tax rate would be $8.32 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is 5 cents lower than the 2013 rate.
The levy, or amount to be raised in taxes to support the budget, is proposed at $10,838,084.
The county's state-imposed tax levy increase cap is 2.34 percent. Last year, legislators overrode the tax cap with a 5.6 percent levy hike. They vowed they would not do it again this year, and the proposed levy hike is 1.59 percent.
"Programs are maintained at bare-bones levels," County Administrator Timothy O'Hearn said.By Glenda Gephart | Correspondent
October 14, 2013