Saratoga County budget holds tax rate

"I'm pleased that we are keeping property taxes stable," said Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen, one of just five Democrats on the 23-member board. "But it would be nice if we knew where the rest of our revenue was coming from."

As with most municipal budgets, the majority of the expenses are mandated. Medicaid expenses account for 15 percent of the budget, and will increase 2.5 percent next year, said Pitcheralle. Paying for Medicaid will consume 51 percent of the property tax levy.

Other expenses include $21.6 million for the sheriff's department, aside from the capital improvement slated for 2008; $52 million for social services and $12 million for highway costs.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the county offices in Ballston Spa. Supervisors are expected to adopt the budget Dec. 12.""

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