County Lawmakers Begin Review of $189 Million 2011 Budget

County legislators begin reviews of the proposed 2011 Oswego County budget this week as six committees hold meetings.

The first committees to meet are Strategic Planning and Government committee and the Public Safety and Emergency Services committee.

At 10 a.m., the Strategic Planning committee will review the budgets for the Clerk of the Legislature, the County Attorney’s office, the County Legislature and the District Attorney’s office.

At 2:00 p.m., the Public Safety committee will review the budgets for the E-911, Emergency Management, Fire Coordinator, Probation and Sheriff’s departments, along with the budgets for Search & Rescue and Mercy Flight.

Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Infrastructure and Facilities committee reviews budgets for the Highway and Airport, Buildings and Grounds and Solid Waste departments.

At 2:00 p.m. that afternoon, the Economic Development and Planning committee tackles budgets for the Community Development, Planning and Tourism department, Operation Oswego County, the Library Council, the Soil and Water agency and Cooperative Extension.

Wednesday, the Health and Human Services committee meets at 10:00 a.m. to go over budgets for the Social Services, Health, Aging, Youth Bureau and Veterans departments.

At 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Community and Consumer Affairs committee wraps up budget reviews with the budgets for the Board of Elections, Central Services, County Clerk, Real Property and Weights and Measures departments.

All meetings are open to the public and take place in a conference room on the 4th floor of the County Office Building in Oswego.

The $189 million spending proposal increases spending by $4 million, but lowers the tax levy 9 cents per thousand because the value of property in the county rose during the last year. The county estimates that would save the owner of an $80,000 home about $7.