Yates County Budget: 2017 tax rate is 19 cents lower

After two days of workshops, the Yates County Legislature has adopted a tentative 2017 spending plan that reflects a 19 cent decrease in the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value. “The system has worked the best I’ve seen it yet,” said Legislative Chairman Timothy Dennis before the legislators voted unanimously to accept the plan Oct. 25.

At $42 million, proposed spending increases by $129,078, and the total funds to be raised by property taxes increases by $22,127 to just over $16 million. That is $311,869 less than the tax levy cap allowed under New York State requirements. In most areas of the county, the tax rate will be $6.52 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

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