The Broome County Legislature is continuing its work on the proposed 2021 budget that, in spite of the County racking up expenses due to response to the COVID-19 pandemic, carries a small property tax decrease.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News (file photo)

   

October 13, the Finance Committee is scheduled to hear from public works and transportation at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom conference with a public hearing planned for 5 p.m. October 14 via video conference. 

County Executive Jason Garnar is proposing a $402-million budget that includes a hiring freeze and a moratorium on county travel. In addition, dozens of county employees opted to take a voluntary furlough as the pandemic broke out in the spring. 

Broome, like many other counties in New York, remains under a state of emergency and the region is continuing to struggle with the latest outbreak of coronavirus diagnosis and another round of restrictions on gatherings and in-school learning. 

Sales tax revenues dried up during the shut-down of businesses along with casino and hotel revenues.  Money was also lost in Department of Motor Vehicle fees. 

Prior to the outbreak, Garnar touted the build-up of a $15-million fund balance, which the Democrat says has been a bit safety net during the current crisis.

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Legislative work on the budget proposal will continue through the beginning of next month with a Special Session of the Legislature scheduled for November 9th for final consideration of the spending plan. 

ZOOM ACCESS FOR the October 13-2020 Meeting ID: 969 9133 6928

Dial in – 1-646-558-8656

https://broome.zoom.us/j/96991336928?pw d=cSs1N3VxMlBITytENXRMaUovZEhrdz09

The access information for the October 14 public hearing is:

Meeting ID: 974 7347 3427

Dial in - 1-646-558-8656

https://broome.zoom.us/j/97473473427