Legislature adopts $116.5M budget

FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature adopted the 2019 amended budget of $116.5 million on Oct. 2.

District Legislators passed the amended 2019 operating budget with a vote of eight in favor with one vote against by District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell.

According to a news release, included in the 2019 operating budget is a tax levy increase of $567,405 or 1.98 percent, and $3.7 million from the general fund balance. General fund revenues, excluding the tax levy, are at $66.1 million.

“This year’s budget process has been a true team effort and extremely productive,” said Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort. “I’m pleased we were able to maintain a budget that stays below the tax cap and delivers critical services to residents. Although the budget includes a 1.98 percent tax levy increase, eight out of 11 municipalities will actually see a tax decrease due to development in the county.”

According to the release, the 2019 projected tax increases or decreases by municipality include a 3.199 percent decrease for the city of Amsterdam, a 4.242 percent decrease for the town of Amsterdam, a 3.063 percent decrease for Canajoharie, a 2.056 percent increase for Charleston, a 52.491 percent decrease for Florida, a 0.607 percent decrease for Glen, a 3.102 percent decrease for Minden, a 1.339 percent decrease for Mohawk, a 2.046 percent increase for Palatine, a 2.056 percent increase for Root and a 0.155 percent decrease for St. Johnsville.

According to the release, the town of Florida’s decrease was largely due to recent revaluation, and the towns of Charleston, Palatine and Root saw increases as a result of their equalization rate increasing.