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Broome County Legislature cuts taxes in the 2020 budget

(WBNG) — The Broome County Legislature announced it passed its 2020 budget Thursday night, including a tax cut for the second year in a row.

One of the biggest changes in this year’s budget includes a 1% property tax cut, doubling from last year’s 0.5% tax cut.

In a press release, Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds says, ““Any time the Legislature has the ability to reduce the tax rate and save hardworking taxpayers money, we should. The Legislature worked hard with the administration to accomplish this goal for the second straight year all while maintaining the vital services that our residents rely on.”

Another budget change this year includes a reduction in interest paid due to a significant reduction in short term borrowing. It also added more investments in public safety such as new Sheriff’s Road Patrol Deputies, restructuring the County’s 9-1-1 Center, and improvements at SUNY Broome Community College.

The Budget Resolutions will be handed over to the County Executive in which he will be required to hold a public hearing on any changes.

Anne Sparaco

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