Investments in infrastructure, mental health, and community programs also included
County taxpayers will once again see their property taxes decrease next year after the approval Thursday evening of the 2022 Broome County Budget. Legislators voted 13-1 to approve the County’s spending plan at a special session held via Zoom.
“Despite the challenges of the past year, we’re once again delivering a budget that saves taxpayers money while making investments that will make Broome County an even better place to live,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “Thank you to our Budget Director, Department Heads, and especially my partners on the County Legislature for your commitment to working on behalf of the people of Broome County.”
The approved $409 million budget reduces the property tax levy by 0.12% - the fourth consecutive tax cut for Broome County residents. A new youth mental health program will launch in 2022 with support from the budget, allowing Broome County to reach children in every corner of the county in a way that is fun and impactful.
The budget also funds a new Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, a position that will enable the County to maintain and repair more of our roads, bridges, buildings, and watersheds than ever before. Additionally, a new position in the Planning Department will help modernize every single project taken on by Broome County.
Ensuring the County is the cleanest in New York State is also prioritized within this year’s budget by enhancing and creating new programs within the Department of Solid Waste. Additional community clean up and electronic recycling days will allow the public to dispose of unwanted items for free. A community cleanup grant program will provide local organizations with funding to host cleanup days in neighborhoods throughout Broome County. And the purchase of a new graffiti truck will clean up buildings and streets across the County.
Other highlights from this year’s address include reinvesting in readiness and best practices that have helped guide the Broome County through the COVID pandemic, new housing projects throughout the County, improvements in our parks and a renewed commitment to recreational opportunities, enhanced services for our veterans, and a continued prioritization of economic development.