UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente gave his 2021 budget address on Thursday, about a month later than he was expected to due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Picente spoke about how the pandemic has impacted the $434 million proposed budget, which is about $5.6 million less than last years adopted spending plan.
Despite the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed budget does not include a property tax levy increase for the eighth year in a row.
The $434.1 million proposal includes a balanced budget that decreases discretionary spending by 7%; includes no employee layoffs and adds no new positions; budgets $105.4 million in sales tax revenue and $16 million in Oneida Nation revenue and retires $9.1 million in debt. Its capital plan calls for only a minimal amount of county bonding to pay for roads and bridges and necessary technology upgrades.
“This pandemic highlights why county government is different from every other level of government in this state,” Picente said. “We have more responsibilities and more costs, and when faced with crisis, county government is open every single day to deal with the public health and safety of this community. This budget reflects our strategic and strong investment to move this community forward, and when this ends, our future is still bright.”
The Board of Legislators will vote on the County Executive’s 2021 budget proposal at its meeting on Dec. 2, 2020.
Below are the planned appropriations in the 2021 budget proposal:
- Human services: $188,736,664
- Public safety: $67,992,792
- Education: $58,376,137
- Economic development: $7,594,880
- General government: $57,139,414
- Other: $29,370,118
- Total: $434,169,758
The revenue for the budget will come from the following
- Federal aid: $46,141,093
- State aid: $81,538,499
- Real property tax: $66,145,834
- Sales tax: $105,400,000
- Department income, etc.: $83,036,493
- Other sources: $51,907,839