SARATOGA COUNTY – In a press release, the Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Kinowski, Law and Finance Committee Chairman Kevin Tollisen, and County Administrator Spencer Hellwig released the County’s 2019 Tentative Budget.
The media statement said, “the budget is balanced and reduces the tax rate. Additionally, it makes new investments in public safety and public transportation infrastructure such as roads and bridges.”
“This budget is one that residents can be proud of,” said Kinowski. “It funds additional Sheriff’s deputies to protect our schools and communities, and combat opioid abuses and violent crimes.”
As in past years, all property tax revenue collected in Saratoga County will be used to offset costs associated with unfunded New York State mandates. Sales tax will continue to be the largest source of revenue for the county, budgeted at $124.2 million – half of which is distributed back to the towns and cities pursuant to the County’s sales tax distribution formula. The sales tax rate remains at 3 percent, the lowest level in New York State.
“As Supervisors, it is our duty to serve as responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Tollisen. “This budget demonstrates our commitment to our residents to provide services to our communities that foster and strengthen our exceptional quality of life in Saratoga County.”
The property tax rate will drop from $2.29 to $2.26 per thousand dollars of assessed value. The entire tax levy stays under the New York State tax cap.
“The 2019 tentative budget maintains the lowest property taxes in New York State without cutting services,” said Hellwig. “This budget provides the services our residents expect while planning for the County’s long-term needs. The low taxes, efficient and effective services, and economic growth are just some of the reasons that Saratoga County continues to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
In the budget, funding for the Supervisor Paul E. Lent public safety facility is continued. The building was first proposed on 2007 and was put on hold due to economic uncertainties.
“Saratoga County is fortunate to be one of the fastest growing counties in the state. This factor has led to significant economic growth, which strengthens our fiscal foundation and allows us to present this responsible budget,” said Kinowski. “I look forward to working through the budget process with my fellow supervisors and adopting a budget that continues Saratoga County on a path of growth and success.”
The proposed budget will be presented to the Law & Finance Committee on Wednesday, November 14, and a public hearing has been scheduled for December 5th, followed by a vote for adoption on, December 12, 2018.
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