The Honorable Chair and Members of the Schenectady County Legislature
Kathleen Rooney, County Manager
September 20, 2013 _____________________________________________________________________________
2014 – A Year of Property Tax Containment
The 2014 Tentative Budget includes a
tax levy increase of less than 1%
Specifically, the property taxincrease is 0.74%.This property tax containment is not a one year approach.
The average annual tax levy was up less than1% since 2009. Since 2005, the average annual property tax levy was up 1.81%
below the 2% propertytax cap.
2014 – A Year of New Beginnings
2014 signals a number of new and exciting initiatives and openings. The
new Glendale Home
will becompleted and residents will be moving into their new home. The
Unified Communications Center
will be completed and the municipalities in the County will open their new consolidated dispatch center.Construction will begin on the
new Family Literacy
to serve the Hamilton Hill, Vale and CentralState Street neighborhoods.
2014 – Continued Streamlining and Reorganization of County Government
The 2014 budget appropriation totals $298,991,241 and is up less than the rate of inflation. Our multi-year approach to restructuring and reorganization has been extremely successful. The results total morethan
$35M in property taxpayer savings and cost avoidance each year
. We have:
Eliminated more than 202 positions since 2008.
Consolidated eight departments into four.
Implemented innovative ways of doing business with mandates and non-mandates.
Flat-lined employee healthcare costs from 2007 to 2013.
Eliminated millions of dollars in contracted services.
Maximized Federal and NYS revenues.
Forged multiple shared services and consolidations of government functions.As in past years, we have again reduced the non-mandated sections of the budget in order to fund mandated costs to avoid tax increases. We have also implemented cost containments within our control in