Tag Archives: County Budget

COMPARING TAXES, OR “APPLES AND ORANGES”

Several weeks ago I wrote about the County Budget. I noted that the County tax rate had once again been reduced for the 7th consecutive year. Since then I have had conversations with several taxpayers who disputed that claim. While … Continue reading

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ANALYZING THE 2017 COUNTY BUDGET

The County Legislature approved the 2017 Allegany County Budget at its November 28th session. We have come a long way since I first joined the Board in January 2006. The County was then facing a Budget deficit of $5 million. … Continue reading

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NASTY DOUBLE STANDARD – NYS “TAX CAP” HYPOCRISY

In 2013 the State imposed a “Tax Cap” on Allegany County (and all other NYS municipalities). At the time Governor Cuomo declared that local governments must learn to “live within their means.’ The Governor’s comments represent extreme hypocrisy. Most local … Continue reading

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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

The second regular meeting of the County Board of Legislators was held on Monday, January 25, 2016, in Belmont. All legislators were present for this session. Former Army Specialist Fourth Patrick O’Connor led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. … Continue reading

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REAL PROPERTY REVALUATIONS – REALITY AND MYTH

October 6, 2013 Real property assessments, and especially property revaluations, are a hot topic.  Unfortunately both topics are largely misunderstood.  In this article I will present “facts” to hopefully eliminate some of the confusion.  Some readers may be surprised by … Continue reading

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THE CHALLENGES OF CUTTING PAYROLL

Cut expenses by cutting payroll positions!! It sounds easy, and it would be nice if it were easy or simple. Unfortunately it is neither. The Board of Legislators has been working to reduce positions, and ultimately reduce expenses and taxes. … Continue reading

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