HomeLocalYates Schuyler Steuben TompkinsTax Levy Remains Flat, Spending Up in Proposed ’24 Yates County BudgetTax Levy Remains Flat, Spending Up in Proposed ’24 Yates County BudgetWed, October 25, 2023 by Lucas Day SHARE NOW pxhere Spending is expected to be up more than 12 percent in the proposed 2024 Yates County budget, but County Administrator and Budget Officer Nonie Flynn says it’s still a really good plan for taxpayers. “We stayed within the New York State tax cap,” said Flynn. “It’s preserving the quality of services for our residents and also, the county is bringing in a lowered tax rate. We’re presenting a property tax levy rate (the amount of money the county needs to collect to provide services) to the Legislature that stays flat with what was adopted in 2023. The property tax rate is going down $0.57 per $1,000 in the proposed budget.” What shouldn’t come as a surprise to residents is the rising cost of mandates that are passed onto counties by New York State. “That’s where many of our financial requirements are imposed by New York State law, added Flynn. “In 2023, the mandates were 65 percent of the county’s tax levy. In the 2024 proposed budget, the mandates have risen to 80 percent of the tax levy. ” The legislature will hold a budget workshop on the $58.7 million spending plan Monday morning at 9 at the County Office Building in Penn Yan. The public is invited to attend. A public hearing on the proposed budget will then be held on November 16th Get the top stories on your radio 24/7 on Finger Lakes News Radio 96.3 and 1590, WAUB and 106.3 and 1240, WGVA, and on Finger Lakes Country, 96.1/96.9/101.9/1570 WFLR.