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Otsego County holds public hearing on proposed 2020 budget

Missing from the budget process - sort of - was county treasurer Allen Ruffles.

Posted: Nov 26, 2019 10:42 PM

COOPERSTOWN, NY - A public hearing was held by the Otsego County Board of Representatives Tuesday on the proposed 2020 county budget.

The $119 million budget includes a tax levy of just over $12 million.

That’s a nearly 4% increase over last year.

Missing from the budget process - sort of - was county treasurer Allen Ruffles.

Ruffles has been on a 9-month deployment along with his army reserve unit to Africa.

Otsego County Board Chairman David Bliss said Deputy Treasurer Andrew Crisman has stepped up during Ruffles deployment, although Ruffles still contributed.

"He was not required to but he gave up his own time to be actively involved. He helped Andrew and all of us to develop a really good budget in a very difficult environment."

Crisman agreed, saying "Luckily through the IT department’s assistance we’ve been able to utilize technology such as Zoom Meeting and we are in regular contact through email so we communicated regularly on a daily basis."

This year’s budget also includes $1.1 Million for improvements to the Otsego County Jail - which had to be evacuated after the Halloween storms due to a leaky roof - as well as money for road repairs.

A vote on the budget, which can be seen here, is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4.

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