Herkimer County drafts 2020 budget plan


HERKIMER, NY (WUTR-TV) — Next year, property tax rates will decrease in every municipality but one, according to Herkimer County’s $103 million draft spending plan.

Based on estimates provided by the county’s budget and purchasing office, the following rates are proposed per $1,000 of assessed home value in 2020:

  • Herkimer: $5.79 – down 18 cents from last year
  • City of Little Falls: $27.59 – down 32 cents from last year
  • Town of Little Falls: $7.25 – down 27 cents from last year
  • German Flatts: $6.82 – down 22 cents from last year
  • Frankfort: $7.70 – down 28 cents from last year
The 2020 Herkimer County budget draft shows anticipated tax rates per $1,000 of assessed home value, compared to last year (see two final columns on right)

Schuyler rates are not anticipated to change in 2020.

County Administrator James Wallace said the rate drop is due, in part, to a large expense no longer having to be budgeted for.

Once the new county jail is complete, which is slated for summer of next year, Wallace says the county won’t see the current need to board out inmates to other facilities.

“We’ll be able to save about $1.2 million in boarding out costs,” Wallace said.

Prior to the proposed budget’s release, the county faced the force of historic Halloween flooding.

Despite county costs to repair, this cost burden did not provide extensive burden on the 2020 budget, Wallace said.

That’s because, he said, county legislators approved to shell-out funds from the county’s fund balance to help.

“The county legislature approved a little over $800,000 for the Dairy Hill (road reconstruction) project, they addressed probably about $500,000 in supplies and $270,000 in contracting out for our roads… the extra expenses for the 911 (emergency services) has been taken care of,” Wallace said.

A public hearing on the budget plan is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the county office building in Herkimer, and a vote by legislators is anticipated thereafter.

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