Public hearing on the budget set for November 28
A significant bump in sales tax revenues and a healthy fund balance is expected to offset most increases in spending in the Steuben County 2023 Budget, planned for presentation to the county Legislature at 10 am Tuesday, (Nov. 15).
The annual presentation, by county Manager Jack Wheeler will be followed by the third workshop of the year during which board members may suggest additional cuts or expenditures while keeping any increase under the state mandated cap.
The challenges in balancing the needs of county residents and keeping next year’s budget under tight control next year include significant changes in the budget including:
- Attracting and retaining qualified, competent employees with competitive salaries.
- Examining the Emergency Medical system needs.
- Maintaining support to county and outside agencies battling the overwhelming issue of substance abuse disorder.
- Absorbing increases in employee medical insurance, boosting child protective services and state- mandated court, law enforcement and jail expenses.
The current 2022 budget is set at $221 million and includes a tax levy of $51.5 million. The budget reduced property taxes, on average, by $0.15 per $1,000 full assessed value.
**Important 2023 budget dates:
10 am, Nov. 15 — The proposed 2023 budget will be presented to the county Legislature, followed by a budget workshop.
11:30 am, Nov. 28 – Public Hearing on the 2023 Budget, followed by vote on adoption.