WATERLOO – Seneca County’s 2022 draft budget that will be presented to the supervisory board tonight shows a drop in the tax rate.
County Manager Mitch Rowe and CFO Halle Stevens came up with a $ 69.5 million spending plan with a tax rate of $ 4.07 per $ 1,000 of assessed value, the seventh year in a row, the rate has fallen.
Meanwhile, an increase in sales tax and gaming revenue from del Lago Resort & Casino will offset any increase in property tax. In his budget message to the board, Rowe said the tax levy will remain at $ 10.29 million, the same as in 2021.
“Seneca County has seen a strong recovery in sales taxes and gaming revenue from del Lago Casino & Resort through 2021,” Rowe said. “Together, these two sources represent 42% of general fund revenue and continue to reduce pressure on the tax levy as a source of provision for county operating expenses. “
Meanwhile, whatever was approved at today’s committee meetings will go to the full board for a final vote. On today’s committee agenda:
• Hired engineers, architects and surveyors from Hunt of Horseheads to study the feasibility of establishing a county-wide water and sewer authority. The cost will not exceed $ 75,000. The firm was chosen from among six candidates and three firms interviewed by the Water and Sewer Treatment and Operation Committee.
• The Staff committee Will consider a motion approving the position of Mental Health Program Director to manage the Crisis Intervention Program and the Telehealth Program. The post would be fully remunerated for two years by a state subsidy. The panel will also consider motions to hire four peer mental health advocates and four clinical mental health therapists for the crisis intervention program. The cost will be paid for two years by the state subsidy.
• The Public works committee is expected to accept the transfer of 14 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot airfield to Romulus from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency to the county for use as a law enforcement and firefighter training center. This group will also consider a motion approving a lease with state police for the use of the Seneca County Firefighter Training Center in Romulus, with the county taking over an agreement with state police formerly executed by IDA.
• The Planning, Development, Agriculture and Tourism Commission will consider:
– A proposed amendment to its policy for the annual allocation of the Tourism Promotion Agency, which is the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. The change would reduce the percentage of revenue from the county hotel and motel room occupancy tax to the House from 90% to 75%.
– Authorize a government loan to grow the agricultural industry now to Muranda Cheese Co. owner Tom Murray of $ 200,000 at 1% interest for seven years. Murray plans to use the money to purchase equipment that will allow the Fayette company to establish a cheese processing plant.
– Rename Jill Henry, Vern Sessler Jr., Dr. Kenneth Padgett, Don Earle, Nelson Ronsvalle and Peter Same to the Finger Lakes Regional Airport Advisory Board for a three-year term.