Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. unveiled his 2014 budget proposal, Wednesday.
The plan holds steady the tax levy. News that there would be no property tax increase brought a round of applause from county legislators and community members in the county legislative chambers and is something the significance of which Picente says can't be overstated.
"When you can put a budget together and not raise taxes at all and there's not a raise in taxes in this budget, or fees, that's a true test," says Picente.
The plan also provides funds to reinstate a County Humane Officer on the heels of a series of troubling animal abuse cases in the county. The plan does not include any money from the Oneida Nation Land Claim settlement. Picente says his staff is putting together a plan for that money, which the county expects to begin receiving next year.
The budget plan eliminates 15 jobs, which may translate to 2-3 layoffs.
The full county legislature still has to approve the budget.