WENY News - Proposed 2018 Chemung Co. budget calls for no tax rate increase

Proposed 2018 Chemung Co. budget calls for no tax rate increase for 13th consecutive year

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November 9, 2017 

ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- Thursday afternoon, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli presented the 2018 proposed budget. 

For the 13th straight year, the tax rate in Chemung County will hold steady at $6.86 per thousand dollars of assessed property value. However, Santulli explains there may be some exceptions. 

"There's such a thing as an equalization rate, and they're different in different areas. And those equalization rates for some people will go up a little based on their equalization rate down for others and the same," Santulli says. 

The total spending budget proposal calls for $191,171,615. That is up by about 1.2% compared to last year's budget.

Santulli says some of the factors contributing to added spending includes Chemung County employee salary increases, airport expansion (parking lot), adding City of Elmira employees to the county health insurance plan, and other shared expenses with the city.

"We've taken on responsibility from the city, as you know. We're taking over the cost of the Highway Department and the Buildings and Grounds Department at a rate of about $400,000 a year, and I believe at this one, we're going to be at $1.2 million," Santulli explains. 

The proposed tax levy is also increased to $29,906,109 (up about 2.6% from 2017, which was $29,146,582). Santulli explains the increase can be contributed to the county's full growth rate.

"Our county, our full value growth -- the value of property -- including new construction or expansion of existing facilities, is up 2.6%. Tompkins County,
which is a leader, they did 3.1% - I believe they were the highest in the state...that's a great number. Not too far behind them this year was Chemung County with 2.6%," Santulli says. 

You can view the budget, in details, on the county's website, or click HERE for a direct link. 

The county will hold a public hearing on the budget on November 20th at 7 p.m. at the Hazlett Building. There will be a special meeting of the legislature on
November 27 following Committee Meetings to adopt the 2018 County Budget.

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