Madison County Releases Tentative Budget for 2019
The Madison County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, November 15, 2018 announced that the tax levy reflected in the 2019 Tentative Budget has decreased by $807,312, compared to the budget presented the week prior. The $122 million budget now keeps the 2019 tax levy increase at $137,740, or 0.365%.
This change results in a decrease in the tax rate on full value of $0.14 per thousand dollars of taxable value, as compared to the 2018 rates. Although there is an increase in the tax levy, the tax rates decreased because there was an overall increase in property values. The actual tax rates vary from one municipality to another, but the majority will have the benefit of decreased tax rates in 2019.
“We think this year’s budget is a good one,” said Madison County Chairman John Becker. “Everyone did not get everything that was on their wish list but they did get most of what they wanted. Most importantly we were able to give back to the taxpayers this year.”
“With the exception of Highway and the Sheriff’s Road Patrol, almost all of the services the County provides are state mandated,” said Treasurer Cindy J. Edick. “The 2019 spending plan reflects our commitment to investing in Madison County’s residents, communities and infrastructure. It provides for all State mandates, it delivers Highway and Sheriff’s Road Patrol services, and it maintains funding for not-for-profit agencies at 2018 levels. This fiscally sound budget plan conservatively estimates revenues, while maintaining a healthy fund balance.”
The 2019 budget also includes new additions such as funding for School Resource Officers across the County. Madison County is offering to cover up to $18,000 per resource officer, the remainder of the cost would be up to the school district. Each SRO would be a retired officer and would report to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
“We live in a time where we must consider the safety of our youth,” said Becker. “Being able to provide safety to our school districts is a no-brainer.”
The tentative budget is available on the Madison County Website at https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=332.
The 2019 Madison County Budget will be voted on December 4th at 2:00 PM.