BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- The cost of living could soon go down for Steuben County residents. County Manager, Jack Wheeler, presented his 2019 budget Thursday morning. If passed, the near $190 million plan would lower the tax rate and tax levy for the third consecutive year. Proposed is a nearly $50 million tax levy, which comes in $8,000 less than last year. Residents can also expect no changes to the core services that are normally provided by the county. 

"For the citizens just like us who work here as well, we're maintaining the core services," said Steuben County Manager, Jack Wheeler. "Our investments in senior services, our investments in road infrastructure and bridges. While also paying for state mandates. State mandates consume 90% of our tax levy."

The budget must be approved by the legislature later this month. If it passes, it will go into effect on January 1st.