The Seneca County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $69.5 million budget for 2022 Thursday night.
The Finger Lakes Times reports the spending plan was approved without comment from board members. Expected increases in sales tax revenue and gaming revenue from del Lago Resort and Casino allowed the board to keep the tax levy, the total amount to be raised in taxes, even at $10.2 million. The tax rate will fall 11 cents, to $4.07 per thousand dollars assessed valuation.
During the public comment period, Shannon O’Connor of the Friends of the Three Bears in Ovid, asked that the organization’s allocation be increased from $35,000 to $50,000. The board opted to keep the funding at its current level.
Also, at last night’s meeting, Fayette resident Charles Bowman, who has been charged in an altercation on Cayuga Indian Nation property in 2020, called a statement by Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz, Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce and Seneca Falls Police Chief Stu Peenstra defending the charges “a lie.” He said the county should not have published the statement.
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