Special County Legislature meeting for budget hearing announced

Cortland County office building. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith/Cortland Voice)

Cortland County clerk of the legislature Savannah Hempstead announced early Thursday there will be a special County Legislature meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 for the public to comment on the 2023 tentative county budget.

The special meeting will also include a public hearing for the Little York Lake Special Taxing District.

The $152 million spending plan includes a .708 percent tax rate increase, which on average is 11 cents higher than last year’s per $1,000 of assessed value.

The budget levies $38.5 million in property taxes, an increase of about 2 percent from last year, and stays within the state’s mandated tax cap.

Despite the slight tax rate increases, county administrator Rob Corpora said spending projected in last year’s budget is roughly $631,000 more than the proposed 2023 budget. 

This year’s budget also includes the newly approved Little York Lake special taxing district, which was agreed upon by voters in the area earlier this year. The district would tax 127 parcels in the towns of Homer and Preble at a rate of 94 cents per $1,000 in assessed value or about $140.45 per parcel on average. The projected $18,975 in funds would pay for preservation projects at Little York Lake.