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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



Leitz said the tax levy would be higher because of a loss of revenue, including a $4.65 million reduction in federal and state aid for roads and the loss of $3 million in payments from the profits at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.

But an unexpected reimbursement to the County Nursing Home this year gives the county $1.13 million to offset operational expenses at the facility.

Another $525,000 from reserves would also be applied to the budget.

The county is under orders from the state to increase its staff at the County Jail to ensure enough coverage for the 24-hour, seven-day facility. The first three of nine positions would be added in 2013 at a cost of $120,000, which includes the fringe benefits, Leitz said.

About $60,000 would be added for highway paving and improvements, and a new front-end loader would be purchased for about $145,000 to replace one from the 1960s.

The Department of Social Services would get about $267,000 for preventive services aimed at lowering the number of troubled and at-risk youths sent away for treatment, compared to the $160,000 budgeted this year.

An increase of about $75,000 would go to the Office for the Aging Expanded In-Home Services to the Elderly Program to help eliminate the existing list of seniors waiting for services that help them remain in their homes longer.

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