Supervisor Scott Henderson (Oneida Wards 1, 2 and 3) said all the time and effort spent in discussions with officials at the New York State Association of Counties conferences about capping Medicaid finally are paying off for counties.
Lura said other factors affecting the budget included a nearly 10 percent hike in the cost of services for pre-kindergarten age residents with disabilities.
"We have no control over this," Lura said. "These are mandated costs. They simply say, 'This is what it's going to be,' and once it starts increasing at 10 percent a year, it gets up there really fast."
According to Lura, early childhood intervention services also are up about $159,000 or more than 8 percent, and petroleum-based materials such as fuel and asphalt are increasing about 30 percent.
"Soon we'll be putting together a new communications system, and that's expected to be about $10 million," Lura said. "The first part would come out of county assets, and we would probably take out a 10-year bond in 2010."
The committee unanimously approved resolutions for the proposed Nov. 13 budget presentation and public hearings to be held at 9:20 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 21. All three sessions are planned for the Board of Supervisors chambers on the second floor of the Madison County Office Building.
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What you'll pay per $1,000
Eagle Newspapers obtained a copy of the tentative budget last week. While those numbers could change over the next several weeks, as it stands right now, here are the preliminary rates per $1,000 of taxable value that taxpayers in each town can expect to pay the county next year.