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Proposed 2020 Broome County budget includes tax cut for property owners

VESTAL (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar unveiled his proposed 2020 budget Tuesday, and there’s good news for property owners.

For the second straight year, Garnar’s budget includes a property tax cut of roughly half a percent.

Before last year’s budget, the last time a Broome County executive’s budget included a tax cut was 2004.

Highlighting the budget includes improvements to infrastructure and public safety, but Garnar is especially proud of being able to cut taxes again.

“I think what people in Broome County should take away from this budget is it cuts your taxes,” Garnar said while delivering his address at GiGi’s Playhouse in Vestal. “Last year we cut taxes, it was the first time a county executive stood in front of the community and cut taxes in 14 years. This year, we’re doing it again, so it’s a very fiscally conservative, responsible budget.”

Specifically, the budget includes funding for public safety improvements including three new Broome County Sheriff’s deputies, major upgrades to SUNY Broome and its nursing program, and a new workforce development center in the Oakdale Mall, designed to help fill the more than 3,000 currently open jobs in the county.

Garnar said he was able to have these upgrades while still delivering a tax cut because of increased sales tax revenue due to improving economic conditions, and accurate budget forecasting.

Garnar said he’s excited to see what the future holds for Broome County.

“More people are back to work in Broome County, our unemployment rate has been cut in half. We’re getting people back to work, we’re making investments in our community.”

Josh Rosenblatt

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