Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks has unveiled a budget for next year she says holds the line on taxes.
The nearly one billion dollar plan is up a little from this year, up about a half a percent, but it keeps the tax rate at the current level, $8.99 per thousand of assessed valuation.
In the spending plan unveiled Tuesday night, Brooks says the budget finds ways to save money without reducing critical services...
"This budget keeps faith with taxpayers, it fulfills the promise that I made in 2004 to hold property taxes stable. In fact we have reduced property taxes over time."
The budget cuts about 20 positions, most of them are vacant...only two are actually layoffs.
Brooks says her proposed budget also cuts into the county's structural deficit, reducing it by 10 percent over the next couple of years...She says that deficit is related to mandated costs from the state and federal government.