MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan (R-Bemus Point) has released his executive budget for 2017 and it contain a slight cut in property taxes.
During Wednesday’s County Legislature Meeting, Horrigan unveiled the tentative $228.9 million spending plan, which contains a 1.6 percent increase in spending over the current year. In addition, the budget calls for a property tax cut of just over half-a-percent – or a rate reduction of 6 cents per thousand assessed value. The current property tax rate is $8.55 per $1000. Under Horrigan’s proposed spending plan, it would drop to $8.49 per $1000.
Among the highlights of the spending plan:
- A 6 cent decrease in the property tax rate;
- Ensures individuals with substance abuse issues same-day access to mental health clinics;
- Implements a countywide paramedic response team;
- Adds part-time correction officers for constant watch prisoners;
- Maintains support for both airports in Jamestown and Dunkirk;
- Allocates $1 million to replace aging DPF equipment;
- Includes funding to purchase in-vehicle cameras for all Sheriff’s Office Vehicles;
- uses $902,000 from the unrestricted fund balance account.
The county legislature will begin reviewing the spending plan next week and will hope to have a final version to act on by the October legislature meeting.
Budget Hearing Calendar
- Wed Oct. 5 at 9 a.m – Public Facilities and Audit & Control Committees Budget Hearing
- Wed Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. – Public Safety and Audit & Control Committees Budget Hearing
- Wed Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. – Planning & Economic Development and Audit & Control Committees Budget Hearing
The budget must be approved by Nov. 1.