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County’s budget holds 1.5 percent tax increase

Legislators propose tax exemptions to urge home improvements

— The CSEA and SEIU unions representing Glendale Nursing Home employees negotiated with the county and agreed to a reduced second tier wage scale for all new employees, which includes reduced night and weekend differentials for new SEIU employees.

“I must thank my department heads, staff, unions and contract agencies for their willingness to develop creative solutions, to do more with less and to sincerely try to balance the responsibilities of their agencies with the needs of our taxpayers,” Rooney said in a statement.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the chambers of the Schenectady County Legislature located at 620 State St. in Schenectady. The Chambers are located on the sixth floor and to the left once exiting the elevator. The tentative budget is available for download from the county’s website at schenectadycounty.com.

Democrats offer tax exemptions

Legislator Robert Hoffman, D-Schenectady, introduced a proposed local law during the legislature’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to grant property tax exemptions for capital improvements of residential buildings. The legislation is co-sponsored by Majority Leader Gary Hughes, D-Schenectady, and Legislator Jeffrey McDonald, D-Schenectady.

Residential buildings would be exempt from taxes up to 100 percent of the increased assessed value of a home after improvements. The exemption would be phased out by decreasing the exemption by 12 percent of the original assessment increase until the exemption is removed. Exemptions would be limited to $80,000 in increased market value of a property.

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