With no comments from the public or the Legislature, Cortland County lawmakers adopted the final 2016 county budget Thursday night. The $122 million dollar spending plan increases taxes slightly next year.
In what may be one of the quickest budget seasons in county history lawmakers received the budget, reviewed it, made changes, held a public hearing and adopted the final budget in a week.
The budget increases taxes by one cent per thousand of assessed value. That means a home assessed at $100 thousand dollars would see a $1500 dollar county tax bill.
The budget includes money for two new investigators in the sheriff’s office and two new positions in the buildings and grounds department to focus on electrical masonry needs.
County Budget Committee Chair and majority leader Kevin Whitney says the budget looks to tackle longstanding needs in county facilities and address the growing drug problems in the county.
The budget continues the county highway capital improvement plan which calls for over a million dollars in borrowing a year to fix roads and bridges.
Whitney says County Budget Officer Peggy Mousaw will review the capital highway program next year to see if that’s the most effective way to fund highway maintenance.
The legislature also plans to review the use of occupancy tax to fund outside agencies. The preliminary budget had cut funding to several entities like the 1890 House and Lime Hollow Nature Center, but that was restored.