Budget revisions reduce tax rate
YATES COUNTY--The Yates County preliminary budget went through the budget workshop process and a number of changes have resulted in the tax rate moving down to $5.99 per thousand of assessed value. The rate was $6.24 last year and $6.04 in the first budget released to the public.
The proposed tax levy for 2020 is now $16,519,672 a 0.5 percent increase over 2019 numbers. At the same time, the full valuation of property values for the county has increased by 4.62 percent.
The largest budget workshop changes include a $60,000 increase for the assistant district attorney; $54,548, investigator; $42,000, law enforcement liaison and $17,402 for insurance - non-union.
The greatest reductions came from the contingent fund, $100,000; transfer to capital fund, $60,700 and two deputy sheriffs at $48,941 and $47,119.
The workshops reduced the levy by $121,975, and $748,542 is being used from reserve funds to get to the final numbers.
Yates County Budget Officer, Treasurer and County Administrator Nonie Flynn produced a budget summary chart comparing 2020 proposed numbers to those of 2016 to show trends in each category of the budget.
For example, the district attorney shows an 86.07 percent increase over that time (2016: $265,975 vs. 2020: $494,902). The general government section of the budget which includes the DA, buildings and grounds, county attorney and other offices totaling 31 entries is up 78.57 percent over 2016 ($2,164,182 vs. $3,864,615). Education is up 38.31 percent; public safety, 6.28 percent; health, 36.58 percent; economic assistance, 46.68 percent; culture and recreation, -26.91 percent; community development, 65.43 percent; employee benefits, 13.02 percent; debt service, -18.45 percent; transfers, 1.91 percent; other revenues, 11.3 percent; airport fund, -102.23 percent; road fund, 0.7 percent and road machinery fund, 28.37 percent.
The next regular meeting of the county legislature is Tuesday, Nov. 12.