Su­per­vi­sors ap­prove 2019 bud­get

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Caitlin Traynor Con­tribut­ing Writer

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. >> With just a 0.3 per­cent in­crease in its prop­erty tax levy, the Madison County Board of Su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously passed its $122 mil­lion 2019 bud­get on Tues­day.

The board opted to raise prop­erty taxes by a nom­i­nal amount, bump­ing the tax levy up only $137,740 – or 0.365 per­cent over the levy raised by taxes last year. Be­fore ad­just­ments are made, the av­er­age tax rate for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Madison County will be $9.10 per $1,000 of as­sessed value next year. Some res­i­dents may even see a de­crease in their county prop­erty tax rate.

“It’s a good bud­get,” Chair­man John Becker said, com­mend­ing County Trea­surer Cindy Edick and the bud­get of­fi­cers who worked on next year’s bud­get.

Vice Chair­man Dan Degear called it an “ap­plaud­able bud­get.”

“No­body does that these days,” he said of the county’s ef­forts to min­i­mize a tax in­crease.

“Madison County has again set a fine ex­am­ple about fis­cal man­age­ment and the state should take no­tice,” said Assem­bly­man-elect and Brook­field Su­per­vi­sor John Salka. Salka de­feated Bill Magee for the 121st As­sem­bly District seat in Novem­ber’s elec­tion.

Be­cause next year’s bud­get didn’t ex­ceed the state-im­posed prop­erty tax cap, the board re­scinded pre­vi­ous leg­is­la­tion that gave it the op­tion to over­ride the cap.

Be­sides pass­ing the bud­get, the board voted on 60 other res­olu-

tions, largely re­new­ing ex­ist­ing con­tracts into next year.

The board set the days for meet­ings next year as the sec­ond Tues­day of each month at 2 p.m., the same days and time as this year. Its first meet­ing, its or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing, will be held Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. with a sec­ond meet­ing Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. for ap­prov­ing the pay­ment of claims.

In other busi­ness, the board signed off on an agree­ment to lease ve­hi­cles in­stead of pur­chas­ing new ones for its fleet. The shift from pur­chas­ing to leas­ing is es­ti­mated to save the county $1.8 mil­lion dur­ing the next 10 years and al­low the county to more reg­u­larly up­date its f leet. Next year, the county will spend $490,000 on ve­hi­cle leases.

The board signed off on hir­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign and Re­search, D.P.C., to de­velop a trail sys­tem and view­ing ar­eas of the lower and up­per falls at Del­phi Falls County Park.

A res­o­lu­tion was passed es­tab­lish­ing a dis­posal fee of $150 per ton for all wind tur­bine com­po­nents from the Fen­ner Wind Farm. Some tur­bines will be up­dated with new com­po­nents and the old parts will goto the county land­fill. The board also ap­proved an agree­ment with En­vi­ron­men­tal Prod­ucts and Ser­vices for $20,000 a year for the col­lec­tion, pro­cess­ing and dis­posal of haz­ardous house­hold waste.

A $10,000 ex­pen­di­ture was also ap­proved for a fire­works dis­play dur­ing the grand open­ing event for the court­house, ex­pected to be held in the spring.

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