Early look at Lewis County budget shows no property tax hike

Lewis County's tentative budget for 2020
Lewis County's tentative budget for 2020(WWNY)
Updated: Oct. 17, 2019 at 4:27 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - It looks like Lewis County property owners will see no change in their tax rate next year. That's according to a draft of a tentative county budget.

During a budget workshop with the county legislature's Finance and Rules Committee this week, County Manager Ryan Piche presented lawmakers with a $50 million spending plan.

The actual proposed budget will be unveiled November 5, but Piche said it's unlikely to change dramatically from what he showed the committee.

The spending plan holds the tax rate at 7.487 percent. That means property owners will continue to pay $7.49 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

According to the draft, the total revenue for the county is expected to be up by $1.78 million over last year and taxable property values are projected to be up more than $81,000.

The property tax levy is expected to increase by 3.82 percent over last year. That means the county is relying more on the taxpayer for the money needed to put this budget together.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held November 19 at 5 p.m.

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