SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Wednesday, the Schenectady County Legislature unanimously passed its 2022 operating budget and 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program Budget.
The 2022 Proposed Budget to members of the Schenectady City Council included a 1% decrease in the county’s property tax. It reportedly restores 45 vacant positions eliminated in the prior budget cuts due to the pandemic, supporting a total of 520 positions.
“We continue to invest in infrastructure, capital projects, and community services while cutting the tax levy by over $700,000,” said Anthony Jasenski, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Property owners will pay less overall in County property taxes in 2022 than they did in 2016.”
The budget highlights a property tax levy of $71,086,465, which represents a $718,045 difference from the 2021 Adopted Operating Budget. This despite the high costs of state and federal mandated programs and the ongoing pandemic.
Over 45% of the proposed property tax levy will be allocated for mandated programs that include Medicaid, temporary assistance, child welfare, community college chargebacks, early Intervention, preschool education, indigent defense, probation, youth detention, foster care, and public health, officials said.
The county’s budget for infrastructural investments includes the $20 million 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program, which represents a significant investment in county buildings. It also funds prevention and maintenance on about 60 miles of county roads, plus 20 miles of surface treatments or “new road” paving.
Projects planned for completion in 2022 include:
- Nott Street safety improvement project
- Highbridge Road/East Campbell Road paving and sidewalk extension
- Helderberg Avenue/Guilderland Avenue pavement preservation
The budget provides for the continuation of services residents rely on, including:
- Opioid treatment programs and Narcan training for County staff and community members
- Increasing county contributions to SUNY Schenectady by 2%, an additional $2.4 million
- Senior and long term care services including home-delivered and congregate meals
- At-home personal care services and medical transportation services
“We anticipate our sales tax revenues will rebound to pre-pandemic levels, and the County has one of the highest bond ratings in the state (Aa1),” said Schenectady County Legislator Philip Fields. “This has allowed us to cut the property tax levy while continuing to fund important community services, including the county library system, street crimes, and drug task force, the county’s Glendale Home and fund our continued public health response to the pandemic.”
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