(WKTV) - When Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente gave his annual State of the County address Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel in Utica, he pretty much summed things up in three words: Looking pretty good.
The address had a sense of coming out of a storm, after enduring some difficult times. Picente said he and his administration have reduced the size of the county government to its smallest size since 1970. That move has helped improve the county's credit rating, create a budget surplus for the sixth straight year and allow for a zero percent property tax levy increase, which are important for the county's future fiscal health.
"When things come together that you've been working for a number of years and they're successful like we've seen over the last year in terms of economic development, in terms of recreation, in terms of settling past differences, as I said, I think it gives people a sense that things are moving in the right direction," Picente said. "You hear more good news than bad news, and that always boosts a community."