Yates County Legislators adopted the $44.3 million 2019 county budget Nov. 15 following a public hearing when they heard bi-partisan support for increasing wages for the Yates County Board of Elections Comissioners.
The only change they made to the budget before adopting it was an adjustment to a Court Security line in the plan.
Treasurer Winona Flynn said increases in revenue outpace increases in expenditures and that this budget is the fourth consecutive with a reduced tax rate.
The combined budget results in a levy of $16.4 million, and increase of 1.51 percent over this year.
The budgeted tax rate of $6.24 per $1,000 of equalized assessed valuation reflects a reduction of 21 cents per $1,000.
Speaking from the Republican perspective regarding the election commisssioner’s salary, Marsha Devine said, “The board of elections staff is paid significantly less than the rest of county employees. I urge you to increase their salaries to a level comparable to their peers.”
Democrat Dixon Zorovich added, “They are the front line of free and fair elections. The issues in other states highlight the value of the Yates County employees. They maintain a non-partisan office… They should be paid at least the same as the lowest department head.”
Republican Leigh Williams of Middlesex echoed the sentiments.