Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is taking his budget message on the road.  The first of several sessions was held September 19 in Johnson City to talks to residents and local elected officials about the spending plan.

Garnar made his first budget address to the Broome County Legislature September 14, proposing $375 million in spending and increasing the property tax rate by 1.84%.

The ledger is about $5 million fatter than the last budget proposed by former County Executive Debra Preston.

Garner is looking to eliminate money for 18 more jobs in the coming year, leaving 49 jobs unfunded.

In addition to the public budget information meetings around the county, the Legislature still has to hold its own budget review sessions before deciding if changes should be made to Garner’s proposal.