After a three-hour meeting that involved discussions of various amendments, the board made approval. Members approved the capital budget, the six-year capital program, and the county operating budget. County executive Anthony Picente calls it "a sound budget plan."
"It's tougher with state mandates rising each and every year. Almost 90% of the budget is consumed by state mandated programs. And that's a tough nut to crack when you're trying to put a budget together a $371 million dollar budget but we've done it. And still as I said, we provide essential services to public health, public safety, public works, and a variety of human services," says Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
The board approved the budget 28 to 1. There will be an increase on property taxes. Picente says for the average taxpayer, this will mean about an additional 20 dollars on their tax bill.