Public hearing Monday on Schuyler budget

Schuyler County officials are proposing a 2017 budget that would reduce the tax rate by more than 5 percent.

County Administrator Tim O’Hearn and other officials will review the proposed budget at a public hearing Monday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. the county Human Services Complex in Montour Falls.

The tax rate under the proposed budget would drop 5.11 percent. The proposed spending plan comes in under the state-imposed tax cap.

Spending would increase by 1.6 percent in the proposed $46.1 million budget. Revenues are up by 1.99 percent in the proposed budget.

O’Hearn’s original budget proposal called for a 3.21 percent reduction in the tax levy, according to a news release.

Lawmakers, after a thorough review and in-depth meetings with department heads, made further cuts resulting in a net tax rate reduction of 5.11 percent.

As currently proposed, the 2017 tax rate would drop from $8.17 to $7.75 per $1,000 of assessed value. The budget would fall under the cap by $320,842.

The 2017 budget preserves all county services, and there are no planned reductions in staff, O’Hearn said.

Key factors influencing next year’s reduction are projected revenues from the new Del Lago and Tioga Downs casinos, in addition to revenue currently received from the Seneca Nation compact.

Glenda Gephart, Correspondent 10:26 a.m. EST November 13, 2016