GENESEO, N.Y., Nov. 22, 2023 – On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the Livingston County Board of Supervisors continued its investment in broad-reaching initiatives, internal and external programs and policies after unanimously voting to adopt a $193 million fiscal year 2024 budget outlined by County Administrator Ian M. Coyle.
The budget significantly advances several innovative County-led programs, invests in numerous projects and initiatives that are central to the County’s long-term plans and provides funding to support its mission to become an employer of choice throughout the Finger Lakes region. Furthermore, this budget funds Pre-K special education and child care services, community college tuition, public safety, election administration expenses, services for veterans, roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure, senior nutrition, a robust hospice program, as well as scores of other departments, programs and projects all designed to improve the lives of residents while positioning the County for both present and future endeavors.
“As we embark on another budget and calendar year, there is much to be excited about,” added Coyle. “Livingston County and its employees continue to be recognized locally, regionally and nationally for their innovative, progressive work and the County is taking historic actions to bolster its workforce and prepare residents for in-demand careers. I would like to personally thank the County government staff for their commitment to dedicated service and their work in moving this budget forward.”
In addition to providing funding for several programs, initiatives, infrastructure and more, the budget includes contingencies to cover financial obligations that are no longer funded at the same levels by New York State and federal means. Most notable among these funding changes is the state's Medicaid mandate, which significantly increased the Medicaid budget from $8.364MM in 2023 to $9.539MM in 2024. As a result of this costly increase from Albany, the new budget calls for a nominal increase of the County’s tax levy, or the amount of taxes collected from properties within the County, to 3.54%. An override of the New York State tax cap was required and was passed by the Board prior to the budget’s adoption.
The budget also allocates funding for its continued pursuit of broadband access for all County residents through its Light Up Livingston strategy and accounts for the financial sustainability associated with the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation – the County’s only skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and one of the largest facilities within the region.
“Our fiscal responsibility has allowed for us to plan for our future in efficient ways including this budget,” continued Coyle. “Our financial standing was recently ranked by the New York State Comptroller’s Office as one of the healthiest in the state while our bond ratings continued to be scored highly by Moody’s, an independent international financial research institution. We have a strong five-year Capital Improvement Plan, Shared Services Initiatives and the ability to address key areas of operation thanks to money remaining through the American Rescue Plan Act.”
With the budget’s approval, the County’s Board of Supervisors will embolden its tradition of financial support for non-profit organizations including the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County, the Humane Society and the Pioneer Library System to name a few.
“The 2024 budget adopted by the Board not only shows an investment in maintaining and improving current services, but also forges a pathway forward as we continue to plan for the County’s future,” said David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. “With the potential for uncertain conditions in the future, continued impacts resulting from inflationary costs and challenges across the nation in retaining and attracting a skilled workforce, this budget positions the County to not only overcome any unforeseen circumstances, but also focuses on long-term plans for the future of Livingston County.”
For more information on the 2024 budget, please contact the Livingston County Administrator’s Office at (585) 243-7040 or visit Livingston County’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.