Cortland County Lawmakers Adopt $123 Million Dollar Budget For 2013
Cortland County lawmakers have adopted a $123 million dollar budget for next year, the final adoption came after no one spoke at a scheduled public hearing.
The 2013 Cortland County budget increases the tax levy by 1%, which is a $375 thousand dollars increase over the current year. The average County tax rate of $14.98 per thousand of assessed value will remain unchanged.
Under the tentative budget the tax rate was to go up, but lawmakers cut about $200 thousand in spending from the proposed budget and were able to increase 2013 County Revenues by $324 thousand dollars by placing proceeds from a transportation grant in next years budget rather than accounting for them this year.
There was a last minute push by Legislator Tony Pace to trim $80 thousand dollars from Sheriff Lee Price’s overtime budget. Pace says the budget includes two new road patrol deputies, and in years past when staff has been added lawmakers have reduced the department’s overtime budget, the proposal did not pass.
County Legislative Chair Mike Park says he’s pleased with the overall budget, especially since it starts to bring down the county’s constitutional taxing limit, which is dangerously close to its threshold.
While lawmakers did pass a resolution to override the State imposed property tax cap, the 2013 budget stays within the cap, County Administrator Martin Murphy says the vote to exceed the cap is an insurance policy in case any errors were made in calculating what the actual cap is for next year.