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Wayne County manages to close multi-million dollar budget gap by leaving 60 positions vacant

The tax rate is expected to fall by 30 cents in Wayne County.

It’s welcomed news, as municipalities across the region deal with losses in state aid and sales tax revenue caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

At a meeting this week, County Administrator Rick House said the approximately $188 million tentative budget is about $2.8 million less than the current spending plan. It has a property tax rate of $7.49 per $1,000 of assessed valued, down from the current tax rate of $7.77 per $1,000, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

“Cutting spending was a big thing, because revenues are down,” House said. “We don’t have a lot of brick and mortar here. We survived and we have seen a huge uptick in internet sales.”

The County had to close a multi-million dollar budget gap, which it did by not filling upwards of 60 vacant jobs and deferring some highway projects.