2020 Fulton County tentative budget presentation slated for Tuesday

2020 budget presentation slated for Tuesday

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s tentative average tax increase for 2020 revealed Tuesday will be below the state’s tax levy cap of 2 percent, a county official said Friday.

Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch will present the county’s tentative 2020 budget to the Board of Supervisors at its monthly meeting, which starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building.

She will give a formal 2020 budget presentation at 1:45 p.m.

The board conducts a public comment period near the beginning of its meetings. The board will also conduct a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. to receive comments on the proposed 2020 capital plan. That plan is expected to be adopted later in the session.

Board Chairman Jack Wilson said Friday that the average county tax rate increase proposed for 2020 will be in the low single-digits. He said Fulton County’s tax levy cap as imposed by the state is 2 percent for next year.

“Let’s just say it’s going to be below the tax cap,” Wilson said of Tuesday’s tentative average tax increase.

County officials have been working on the proposed spending plan, which will now become tentative and scrutinized further until the spending plan is adopted either later this month or in December. The board will conduct budget workshops and a public hearing at the County Office Building in November prior to final adoption.

In other business Tuesday, the board is looking to advertise for bids for sale of the former county Probation Department building at 64 E. Fulton St., Gloversville.

Supervisors are expected to set a landfill tipping fee schedule for 2020 for the county Department of Solid Waste.

In personnel matters, the board is set to waive a residency rule for hire of a public health educator in the county Public Health Department.

A proposed resolution is on the agenda to support H.R. 1629, or the “911 Saves Act.”

The board will consider authorizing the sale of certain county-owned properties in a fall 2019 Fulton County online auction.

Another proposed resolution would authorize the purchase of shooting range targets and Taser cartridges for use in the county Sheriff’s Department.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.