BALLSTON SPA, NY – Saratoga County Supervisory Board Chairman Theodore T. Kusnierz, Jr. announced that the Supervisory Board overwhelmingly passed the 2022 County Budget at its special meeting on December 8.
âI am pleased to announce the passage of the Saratoga County 2022 Budget, which not only reflects our county’s conservative approach to governance and reasonable budgeting practices, but also our commitment to invest in our communities. This budget lays the groundwork for smart initiatives and investments that will ultimately help the residents of Saratoga County continue to enjoy a strong local economy in one of the safest, healthiest counties with one of the lowest tax rates in New York State, âsaid Theodore T. Kusnierz. , Jr., Town of Moreau Supervisor and Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.
Budget 2022 is in line with the provisional budget proposed in October with significant investments in public safety, health and social services, infrastructure, open spaces and conservation while once again lowering our property tax rate and by remaining below the property tax ceiling. Budget 2022 also makes $ 5 million in community support grants available and devotes an additional $ 1 million to the county’s economic development and tourism.
â¢ The 2022 budget is $ 381 million, an increase of $ 10 million from 2021.
â¢ The two key metrics that have contributed to this growth will be back in place for 2022: the lowest county sales tax rate and the lowest county property tax rate of New York’s 62 counties.
â¢ The 2022 budget again provides for a slight reduction in the property tax rate without exceeding the state property tax ceiling.
Additional budget highlights include:
â¢ 2022 sales tax revenue is projected at $ 141 million, which is a slight decrease from forecast revenue for 2021.
â¢ The budget includes almost $ 5 million in community support grants, including a new $ 2 million not-for-profit grant program.
â¢ More than $ 4 million in new investments in the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices for body and car cameras, forensic discovery laws, officer training and mandatory jail programs.
â¢ Over $ 3 million to support health and social service initiatives and the transition from the county public health services department to a full-service health department.
â¢ A capital bond will fund approximately $ 11.4 million of proposed capital investments to spread the costs of the county’s long-term capital projects over 10 years.
â¢ Allowances to invest in tools, technology and training for the county’s workforce.
â¢ Allocations for infrastructure investments include necessary upgrades to our County First Responder communications network, residential broadband expansion and upgrades to facilities.
â¢ Investments in the preservation and conservation of open spaces, including increased spending for the preservation of open spaces, maintenance of trails and forest lands, and the upcoming expansion of the Zim Smith Trail.
â¢ Approximately $ 1.1 million has been allocated for economic development, heritage promotion and tourism.
The budget also provides for the following investments in public safety, health and social services:
Public Safety: Saratoga County has one of the lowest crime rates in New York State, in part because of its support and continued investments in public safety. Saratoga County’s 2022 budget allocates more than $ 4 million in new investments in sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices for body cameras, forensic discovery laws, officer training and mandatory jail programs for help ensure that Saratoga County remains one of the safest places to live, work, and visit in New York State.
Health and Human Services: The county is allocating more than $ 3 million to support health and social service initiatives and the transition from the county’s public health services department to a full-service health department. This public health conversion requires the addition of an Environmental Services Unit to cover services that will no longer be provided by the New York State Department of Health. These investments will help ensure that these important services continue to be available to our residents and help keep Saratoga County among the healthiest counties in the state.
In addition, the budget includes many investments in infrastructure:
Long-term capital plan: As part of the $ 26 million capital budget for 2022, the 10-year term projects planning committee. Projects supported include equipping and maintaining roads, upgrading bridges and improving facilities.
County Workforce and Facilities: Budget 2022 includes allowances to invest in the tools, technology, and training County employees need to deliver the high-quality services our citizens expect. Support for several important initiatives, including necessary upgrades to our County First Responder communications network, broadband expansion for residents, and facility upgrades are also included.
Investments in Open Spaces and Conservation: Budget 2022 continues the county’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life for our residents through investments in the preservation and conservation of open spaces. This includes increased spending for preserving open spaces, maintaining trails and forest land, and significant seed capital for the next big Zim Smith Trail extension.
The budget includes nearly $ 5 million in community support grants, including a new $ 2 million nonprofit grant program. The nonprofit grants program will help organizations in need recover from the pandemic so they can continue their important work. To further strengthen Saratoga County as a global tourism and industrial destination, approximately $ 1.1 million is earmarked for economic development, heritage promotion and tourism next year.
To view the full 2022 budget, visit www.saratogacountyny.gov.