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State mandates drive budget process

    YATES COUNTY—The budget section of the Yates County website lists a number of items associated with the upcoming 2012 county budget. The attachments included provide insight into the budget for the upcoming year.
    Absolute mandates lead the list of attachments. This area will carry a cost of $8,551,899. This represents an increase in cost of $747,852 or 9.6 percent over the 2011 budget.  Outlined in this attachment are expenses, revenue and the net cost as compared to the current year.
    The new property tax cap imposed by New York state is reflected in a second attachment. The 2011 tax levy is $12,917,202. Allowable for 2012 is an increase of $631,858.  However, the attachment indicates a proposed tax levy increase of $612,450.
    Reductions of $277,164 are accompanied by an explanation of the Budget Officer’s recommendations.  The county budgeted $545,929 for agencies in 2011. The recommendation for 2012 is $428,279.
    Other attachments include use of Fund Balance as compared to the 2011 budget and computer requests.
    Budget workshops have been scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2. Other meetings will follow. The dates of these meetings may change following the budget workshops. As of Monday, Oct. 24, a special meeting to adopt the tentative budget and set a public hearing on the document is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14. The public hearing is expected to take place the following week. Adoption of the 2012 Yates County budget will take place within two weeks of the public hearing.




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