Legislators Approve 2017 County Budget

OSWEGO, NY – After a brief discussion and a handful of amendments, the Oswego County Legislature unanimously adopted the 2017 budget Thursday night.

The county’s 2017 spending plan has a zero increase in the generic tax rate.

“Each town will have a little different rate, depending on what their full value is,” explained County Administrator Phil Church. “So, things will vary from town to town.”

Things like workers’ comp and community college charge-backs could also have a bit of an impact, he added.

The $199,612,919 budget’s tax levy will be $42,565,893 – the generic tax rate comes out to be $7.70 per thousand, the same as it was for 2016, Church said.

The legislators offered a few amendments to the tentative budget; including reductions in expenditures with the buildings and grounds department, airport, fire coordinator’s office and district attorney’s office as well as from vacant positions among others.

Kevin Gardner, chairman of the legislature, thanked the legislators “from both sides of the aisle” as well as all the department heads who worked to create the 2017 budget.

Minority Leader Daniel Farfaglia added his praise.

“I’d like to extend my gratitude to the legislators and all the department heads for all the work they did,” he said. “I’d also like to thank Legislator Shawn Doyle for all the work he did for the bicentennial.”

Majority Leader Shane Broadwell offered his congratulations as well.

“I’m looking forward to setting some new goals for 2017,” he said.