Lawmakers Approve St. Lawrence County BudgetPosted: Updated:
St. Lawrence County lawmakers unanimously passed their 2018 budget Monday night.
It takes a small bite out of taxes and builds a little long-term financial security.
“Measured progress” has been the mantra of county legislators each budget season.
All 15 felt they hit the mark this year.
A home assessed at $100,000 will see taxes drop $3 under the 2018 budget.
It even throws in some money for replacing a weight-restricted bridge in Russell one year early.
“We're no longer, as termed by the comptroller's office, a 'significantly financially stressed entity,' we've overcome that,” Legislature chair Kevin Acres said.
“I think the burden of taxes on St. Lawrence County residents is too high as it is," he said, "and we need to take every step that we can to reduce that burden."
Legislators also voted 12 to 3 to join other counties in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in the opioid crisis.
They approved undertaking a study of their own pay by the same margin.