Schoharie County sets budget hearing
$77.5M plan has 2.8% tax levy hike
SCHOHARIE COUNTY Schoharie County supervisors will hear public comment Tuesday on a $77.52 million tentative budget for 2013.
The spending plan comes with a 2.8 percent tax levy hike, bringing the total tax levy to $18,721,456, an increase of $509,923.
The budget proposal falls in compliance with the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap and comes with town-level tax rate changes ranging from a 2.39 percent increase, such as in Middleburgh, to a 14.87 percent decrease in Broome following a full revaluation of properties.
Taxes would increase by 0.28 percent in Carlisle, 2.29 percent in Cobleskill, 1.81 percent in Conesville, 1.47 percent in Esperance, 2.15 percent in Fulton, 2.15 percent in Gilboa and 2.29 percent in Richmondville, according to a draft tentative budget.
The proposal would increase taxes by 1.65 percent in Schoharie, 0.19 percent in Seward, 0.27 percent in Sharon, 0.65 percent in Summit and by 1.30 percent in Wright.
Towns projected to see a tax rate decrease include Broome at 14.87 percent, Blenheim at 1.10 percent and Jefferson at 1.57 percent.
County property taxes on a $100,000 home in the town of Fulton would increase by $28 up to $1,332. The change would mean an increase of $24 in Cobleskill for a tax bill of $1,072 on a $100,000 home.
The county Board of Supervisors’ finance committee met Friday to review the plan.
County Treasurer William Cherry later Friday said several revisions were made, but they amount to a total change of roughly $100.
The committee had to find an additional $250,000 required for the health department’s administration of the Early Intervention Program for handicapped children, Cherry said.
Revenues were found to offset the additional program funding, he said.
With the unwelcome help of Tropical Storm Irene, Schoharie County’s total property value is projected to drop by $57.36 million for 2013, a reduction of about 2.56 percent, leaving roughly $2.18 billion in property value.
The public hearing will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Board of Supervisors chambers.