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Nuke Tax Pact, Budget Focus Of County, School Meetings

OSWEGO, NY – The county’s Finance and Personnel Committee sent the proposed 2012 budget to the full legislature for consideration.

The legislature will meet at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the County Office Building, Legislative Chambers, 46 E. Bridge St.

At this week’s committee meeting, County Administrator Phil Church updated legislators on the state’s actions regarding the 2 percent tax cap.

“We were contacted last week by the state Comptroller’s Office that although they were saying all along they weren’t going to audit the tax cap, all of a sudden, this week, they are sending examiners out to all of the counties to look at the tax cap calculations of counties and fire districts,” Church said.

The county has been assured that this is not an audit, he said.

The state says it is a proactive, helpful move to help towns and fire districts who may not have understood how to comply, do their filings correctly and identify them before the end of the year and allow them to take any corrective actions needed, he explained.

“Not sure how that is going to work. But it is happening this week,” he said. “I have asked that when they are done with Oswego County, that my office receives a copy. We’ll let the legislators know if there is an issue there or not.”

Right now, the tentative county budget is $193,000,000. The tax levy is $53.2 million.

The rate would be $7 per $1,000 assessed value. This year was $6.99 so it’s a penny up, Church pointed out.

“What is scheduled for Dec. 15 is the vote on the tax agreement with Constellation. If that is approved, the levy will drop to $42.7 million. The generic tax rate would then drop to $6.96,” he added.

The county would be in compliance with the tax cap, he said.

The Oswego City School District will also meet next week in regards to the tax proposal.

A public hearing on the proposed tax agreement will be conducted on Dec. 13.

On Dec. 15, school board will meet in special session to vote on a resolution accepting the tax agreement.

Both meetings get under way at 6 p.m. in the Education Center Board Room, 120 E. First St.

The tax agreement that will be considered is available on the Oswego City School District web page (www.oswego.org).

For more information, contact Bill Foley, district clerk, at 341-2020 or [email protected]