Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Tuesday morning said that the county is in excellent fiscal health, citing reports from some of its credit-rating agencies, and a nearly $10 million budget surplus for 2018.
Picente and Comptroller Joseph Timpano, say the county ended 2018 with a $413,000 operating surplus, which resulted in a budget surplus of $9.7 million.
The county executive says it helped that social services and public health, which account for more than 50 percent of the general fund-were $3.3 million under budget.
The county's bond rating from the three agencies that rate it are all A or AA. But the county executive says, don't take his word for it; listen to the words of the bond-rating agencies.
"Standard and Poor's say, the rating reflects Oneida's strong management policies and practices, strong budgetary flexibility metrics coupled with a manageable debt burden"
Picente's opponent Republican Dave Gordon, says it's not sound management, but smoke and mirrors.