Public Hearing Held On ’21 County Budget

PLAN STAYS BELOW TAX CAP

Public Hearing Held

On ’21 County Budget

County Treasurer Allen Ruffles answers one of only two questions on this evening’s 11-minute public hearing on the 2021 proposed county budget, which – despite the state withholding reimbursements due to the COVID-19 crisis – keeps the tax increase at 1.41 percent, under the state’s 2 percent budget cap. Behind him in the Otsego County Courthouse are, at left, county board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield. At right is county Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego.  The total level is projected at $12,315,213, up from $12,144,437.  The total spending plan is $112,197,480.  The county board must now schedule a formal vote to approved the document.  The budget is based on the Ruffles Plan, borrowing at historic low-interest rates, upfronting activities that will still generate state reimbursement, and paying off the low-interest debt over 20 years.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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