Oswego County Legislators Adopt 2013 Budget with No Increase in Tax Levy

OSWEGO – There will be no increase in the Oswego County property tax levy as the result of the 2013 budget adopted by the County Legislature on Nov. 29.

The amount of revenue to be raised by property taxes will be the same as this year at $42,664,531.

The county’s average property tax rate will increase slightly from $6.95 to $7.10 for every $1,000 of assessed value, due to a decrease in the countywide assessed value.

The actual tax rates paid by property owners may increase or decrease from 2012 depending on the assessed value and equalization rates of their municipality and its costs for workers’ compensation and community college.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley, (District 9, Central Square) said the budget adoption was accomplished with the involvement and co-operation of the full legislature.

He cautioned that state-mandated programs continue to be the most significant factor affecting Oswego County finances.

“We will have to continue to work on this issue on a day-by-day basis,” said Chairman Beardsley. “It’s not going to go away until the state stops passing its costs down to us. We need to continue to pressure the Governor and our state representatives on both sides of the aisle for mandate relief.”

Members of the legislature credited county department heads and County Administrator Phil Church and his staff for their cooperation in trimming budget requests.

Although the budget complies with the New York State tax cap, the Oswego County Legislature approved a precautionary over-ride of the tax cap as a protective measure, because tax negotiations with the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba are ongoing and could change factors within the tax cap formula.