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2023 Adopted County Budget

Each year, the Schenectady County Manager delivers a Tentative Operating Budget to the Schenectady County Legislature. Over the course of several public meetings, the Schenectady County Legislature reviews the budget, receives public comment, proposes amendments, and votes to adopt the budget for the year. 

The Basics

$391,096,612
$391,096,612

Total Spending on Essential & Mandated Services

0% Tax Levy Change
0% Tax Levy Change

Schenectady County is holding the line on property taxes

$71,806,466
$71,806,466

Total Amount Collected from Property Taxes

Legislature Maintains 0% Seven-Year County Property Tax Average

0% Sever-year county property tax average graphic.

 

Sound Fiscal Management Leads to BIG Savings!

Schenectady County continues to develop creative solutions to make government more efficient and effective while holding the line on taxes. The 2023 budget keeps the tax levy flat, with the seven year average at 0%.

What does this mean? Schenectady County's tax levy is the same as it was in 2016, saving property owners over $42 million had taxes been raised to the maximum allowed under the NYS Tax Cap.

 

Did You Know? 

Your county taxes only account for 21 cents of every dollar of property taxes you pay each year.  School district, municipal, and special district taxes account for over 3/4 of your annual tax bill. 

Over 47% of the proposed county property tax levy is allocated to the County's share of Medicaid.  Other mandated costs include, Temporary Assistance programs, child welfare, Community College charge backs, early intervention and pre-school education, Probation, Foster Care, and Public Health. 

Dollar comparison graphic:  School districts, municipalities, and special tax districts account for 79 cents of every dollar levied for property tax.  21 cents of every dollar is levied by the County.

What is in the Budget?

Mandated & Essential Community Services

Mandated Programs
Mandated Programs

Providing easy access to important programs like HEAP, Temporary Assistance, and Early Intervention. 

Child Care
Child Care

Supporting families by increasing access to affordable childcare and making it easier to apply for assistance.

Public Safety
Public Safety

Addressing crime with the Targeted Street Crime Unit, the Sheriff's Drug Task Force, and restorative probation programs. 

Public Health
Public Health

Access to opioid treatment, mental health programs, and vaccine pods. Continued focus on clean water.

Economic Development
Economic Development

Transforming neighborhoods, creating jobs, revitalizing vacant and underutilized properties to increase economic activity and offset property taxes.

Senior Services
Senior Services

Supporting seniors with home-delivered and congregate meals, at-home personal care services, medical transportation, and educational opportunities. 

Education
Education

Building a qualified workforce for local jobs by continuing the County's historic investments in SUNY Schenectady and the Schenectady County Job Training Agency.

Investing in Infrastructure

The 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Program represents a historic $49 million investment in the County's buildings and infrastructure. 

Airport
Airport

$4.8 million in upgrades to the Schenectady County Airport, a key economic engine in the County.

Library
Library

$1.7 million in capital improvements to Schenectady County branch libraries.

SUNY Schenectady
SUNY Schenectady

Investing over $4.2 million for capital improvements and equipment at SUNY Schenectady.

Roads & Bridges
Roads & Bridges

$18.5 million to fund critical improvements to roads and bridges, including 60 miles of preventative maintenance and 20 miles of new roads.

Where does the money come from?

Sales Tax & Other Revenue
Sales Tax & Other Revenue

$191,022,060

State & Federal Aid
State & Federal Aid

$95,349,255

Property Taxes
Property Taxes

$71,806,466

Proposed Budget Amendments Adopted by the Legislature

Sponsored by Gary Hughes, Anthony Jasenski Sr., Jeffrey McDonald, Philip Fields, Thomas Constantine, Pete Frisoni, Cathy Gatta, Omar McGill, Michelle Osterlich, Richard Patierne, Sara Mae Pratt, Richard Ruzzo, Holly Vellano:

$250 Property Tax Rebate
$250 Property Tax Rebate

Establishes the 2023 Schenectady County Homeowners $250 Rebate Program to provide $9 million in relief to approximately 34,500 homeowners. Eligibility will be based on the requirements for New York State’s Basic, Enhanced, and Credit STAR programs.

Increasing Access to Critical Health Services
Increasing Access to Critical Health Services

Allocates $4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to Hometown Health to transform the abandoned Rite Aid at the corner of State Street and Brandywine Avenue into a modern dental practice serving over 19,000 mostly low-income residents. The new facility will serve the increased demand in dental patients since Ellis Hospital discontinued its dental services and residency program.

Eliminating Barriers to Public Employment
Eliminating Barriers to Public Employment

Creates a one-year pilot program to eliminate civil services exam fees for county and local positions. This will eliminate a barrier for low-income job seekers and make it easier to recruit candidates to take the exams for civil service positions available at the county and local municipalities.

Preparing for the Future
Preparing for the Future

Strengthens the county’s Pandemic stockpile to ensure that staff will have the tools they need to serve residents in the event of a crisis. This includes personal protective equipment, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, syringes, and other safety materials.

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