Executive Garnar Delivers 2018 Budget Address

Executive Garnar Delivers 2018 Budget Address


(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County Executive Jason T. Garnar today delivered his first Budget Address to the Broome County Legislature, other elected officials, county employees and residents.

The 2018 Recommended Budget calls for a 1.84% increase in property taxes, far below the property tax cap set by New York state.

“For 2018, I am presenting a realistic, solid budget with no gimmicks,” said Garnar, “What you see is what you get. This is back to basics budgeting. It’s practical and invests in the priorities of Broome County.”

At the end of 2015, Broome County had an unreserved fund balance of $5.5 million. At the end of 2016, the unreserved fund balance was at $250,000.

“When I came into office and saw this mess, I knew it couldn’t wait until budget time to take action. Broome County could not continue to operate this way,” said Garnar.

Prior to his presentation of the 2018 Recommended Budget, the County Executive already implemented a hiring freeze which has saved the county $350,000 in salaries and benefits.

In total, the 2018 Broome County Recommend Budget amounts to approximately $375 million.

2018 Budget Address points include:

  • Proposed 1.84% increase in property taxes
  • $375 million appropriated for 2018
  • Un-funding of additional 18 positions for a total of 49 unfunded positions in 2018
  • Reorganization of the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Public Works
  • Designation of Public Health Coordinator to fight heroin epidemic
  • Entering into new Pharmacy Coalition to save millions annually
  • $300,000 Small Business Loan Fund
  • $150,000 Small Communities Grant Program
  • Books for Babies program

Additional public safety positions for District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Services

To read the 2018 Proposed Budget Click HERE

To read the 2018 Proposed Budget Address click HERE

09/14/2017 - 6:01pm