After making no public comment on the budget the night before, the Schenectady County Legislature unanimously approved a $342.7 million budget on Wednesday evening.
“This is the best county budget I’ve had the opportunity to vote yes on,” said legislator Gary Hughes, D-Schanectady. Hughes is also the leader of the majority.
Erin Roberts, director of public communications, said the budget would cut property taxes by 1%.
“The county tax rate in each municipality is determined by property values and par rates that are outside the county’s control and have not yet been finalized for 2022,” he said in an email.
County property taxes are about 21 cents of each dollar paid by property owners, although slightly lower in cities and slightly higher in towns.
The 2022 plan is a contrast to this year’s $327.5 million budget, which raised property taxes for the first time in four years as a result of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current year’s spending plan was due in large part to a 1.95% increase in property tax due to a decrease in sales tax and casino revenue.
The 2022 budget is projected to use approximately $6 million in surplus and reserve funds to balance the projected shortfall in revenue.
The 2022 budget calls for $18.5 million in transportation appropriation for roads and bridges, an increase of $1.6 million, approximately 60 miles of preventive maintenance and 20 miles of surface treatment or “new roads” to be paved in 2022 .
The budget also sets aside money for continuing opioid treatment programs and NARCAN training for county staff and community members, increasing the county’s contribution to SUNY Schenectady County Community College for the seventh year in a row, by 2%, to $2.4 in capital projects. million and contributes $1.5 million to its debt service.
The county plan also continues to provide home-delivered and meals, at-home personal care services and medical transportation services for seniors and those in long-term care.
The budget estimated $2.75 million in host gaming revenue from River Casino in Schenectady.
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