Nov 20 – LOWVILLE – The only comment made during the Lewis County 2022 Budget Public Hearing was a comment of appreciation.
Meghan M. Harney, director of the Lowville Free Library, spoke on behalf of representatives from the 12 Lewis County libraries and the North Country Library System at the special County Council of Lawmakers meeting on Tuesday evening.
“We all want to thank you for including the Lewis County Libraries’ requests in the 2022 budget,” she told lawmakers, mentioning each lawmaker and the libraries in their districts by name. “The funding will enable us to efficiently loan material and give our clients access to hundreds of thousands of titles through interlibrary loan, provide Internet access, including free and accessible Wi-Fi,” public access computers and other devices … and provide access to digital resources that cover many topics, including workforce preparation and educational literature. We are grateful for your service to our county. “
With no further input or concern expressed by the public, the budget of $ 53.72 million for next year was passed, setting a stable tax rate with no increase from 7.56% in 2021 and no decrease in taxes. county services.
Property tax revenue, however, is forecast to increase slightly from $ 17.7 million to $ 17.81 million, an increase of 0.62%, due to a corresponding increase in the value of taxable property of $ 2.342 billion. of dollars to $ 2.357 billion.
To balance the budget and keep the tax rate stable, approximately $ 1.98 million from the general fund balance will be used. This fund reached $ 24.1 million in September, up from $ 16.2 million in October 2020.
Payments in lieu of taxes by wind and solar projects are not included in the budget to balance operating costs, but are retained in fund balances for future planning, including a planned infusion of 1.1 million dollars in the capital account.
County Director Ryan M. Piche is the Budget Officer and Treasurer Eric J. Virkler is the Deputy Budget Officer. Together, they head the commission responsible for preparing a balanced budget each year.