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October 12, 2012

Franklin County sets tentative levy increase at 5.57 percent

'13 budget boosts jail staff, includes non-union raises

MALONE — More jail staff and road spending, fewer public-bus routes and a higher tax levy highlight the tentative 2013 Franklin County budget.

The plan also includes $75,000 in proposed raises for non-union employees who have not had a pay hike since 2009.

But the exact amount that each person would get from the pool of money has not been decided because the county is still in contract negotiations with the United Public Service Employees Union, its largest bargaining unit.

The overall tentative budget is $99,740,402, a decrease of 11.4 percent from this year’s adopted spending plan.

Should the budget pass as is, the amount to be raised by taxes would be $15,410,538, an increase of 5.57 percent from this year.

The average tax rate per $1,000 of assessed-property value would be $4.29 compared to $4.06 per $1,000 this year.

A property assessed at $100,000 would pay $22.35 more in taxes than this year if the budget were adopted as presented by County Manager and Budget Office Thomas Leitz.


Two dates have been set for public hearings to allow taxpayers on both ends of the county to learn more about the budget, the county’s plan to adopt a local law to override the state-mandated property-tax cap if necessary and its redistricting plan.

The first hearings are Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake.

The budget will be discussed at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5 p.m. by a public hearing on overriding the tax cap.

Then, at 5:30 p.m., legislators will take public comments about its proposed redistricting plan.

Public hearings in the northern end of the county are Thursday, Nov. 1, in the fourth-floor chambers of the County Legislature.

The budget will be discussed at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5 p.m. by a hearing on overriding the tax cap and one at 5:30 p.m. on redistricting.

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