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Columbia Co. budget: Increased spending, lower tax rate

Nov 20, 2012 12:15 am
Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star the proposed 2013 Columbia County budget under consideration by the Board of Supervisors will lower the property tax rate by one-third of a percent. The nearly $154 million spending plan increases spending, but the sales tax revenue is projected to increase by $3 million. The budget includes approximately $17.5 million in capital expenses for the coming year, including new projects and paying down debt. All employees will receive a 2.5 percent salary increase; the county will pay an additional 10 percent into the state pension system, and an additional 4 percent for health insurance costs. The deadline for budget approval is Dec. 20. The board will hold a public hearing, Dec. 12, at 401 State St. in Hudson. Read the full story in the Register Star.