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Dec. 19, 2011

Oswego County Legislators Adopt 2012 Budget

Tax Rate Is Down Slightly -

OSWEGO - Oswego County's average property tax rate was reduced slightly from $6.99 to $6.95 for every $1,000 of assessed value under the 2012 budget that was adopted by the Oswego County Legislature Dec. 15.

Although the County Legislature had previously approved a precautionary over-ride of the state tax cap, the amount of revenue to be raised by property taxes is nearly $400,000 below the state tax cap levy limit. No cuts were made in county services although there were some changes in how services will be delivered.

County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann (District 4, Amboy) said state-mandated programs continue to be the most significant factor affecting the county budget and property taxes.

"We continue to have grave concern over the lack of mandate relief in Albany," he said. "In order to have property tax relief in New York State, the Governor and State Legislature must take responsibility for the overwhelming costs of mandated programs that they require county governments to bear."

This is the eighth consecutive year that Oswego County has avoided a tax increase. The amount to be raised by property taxes is $42,661,878.

The 2012 tax rate will vary slightly in some municipalities, depending on equalization rates, town workers' compensation costs, and other factors.

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