Allegany County delays and then rejects request for number of budgeted employees

Allegany County is refusing to reveal how many employees have been included in its tentative 2024 county budget, expected to be voted on Wednesday by the Board of Legislators. Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred made the determination in response to a formal appeal of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Allegany … Read more

Allegany County legislators proposed pay increases confirmed to have suddenly appeared to the public

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County officials apparently are contending that a proposal for a more than 40 percent personal wage increase for each of its legislators next year magically appeared in a board resolution last month which set last week’s public hearing on the 2024 tentative budget. County Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred, … Read more

Push underway by Allegany County to spend nearly $4.5 million, with more possible

Allegany County lawmakers will meet tomorrow morning to begin a push to allocate more than $4.4 million in various types of funds, including more than one-third of its federal pandemic revenues. An agenda for a Board of Legislators meeting was disseminated shortly before 5PM today, with $4,420,760 of proposed expenditures to be moved to the … Read more

Allegany County tentative budget is cloudy for public and legislators with hearing Thursday

BREAKING: Allegany County residents are being invited to comment Thursday night on a $145.5 million budget for next year, with little to go on, while county lawmakers themselves appear to be grasping for information on how to use nearly $42.5 million in surplus and avoid giving any of it back to property taxpayers. County Attorney … Read more

Allegany County legislators proposed pay raise comes to some light

BREAKING: Allegany County legislators appear to be coming in the back door on a proposed personal wage increase next year of $3,500 each, or more than 40 percent. In a little-known action, which appears to have been shrouded originally in secrecy, county lawmakers, by a split vote, have included the salary increase, to $12,000 annually, … Read more

Current Allegany County budget may be hiked by an additional $16 million

Allegany County legislators appear poised to overspend this year’s general fund budget by $16 million due to a windfall surplus from 2022 rather than using it for property tax relief. Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred told the few people attending last night’s District V legislators meeting at the Town of Allen that the … Read more

2024 county budget proposal shows taxes up for many as $16 million diverted for unnamed purposes

EXCLUSIVE: Over one-third of taxpayers in Allegany County towns will pay more in county property taxes next year under a 2024 tentative budget while $16 million, or a number equal to nearly 53 percent of the entire tax levy, appears to be proposed for diversion to one or more unnamed purposes. An initial analysis of … Read more

At least one county legislator resistant to significant property tax reductions

A Belmont county legislator apparently won’t be supporting any move to provide significant tax relief to property taxpayers, despite a bloated surplus which exceeds one-and-a-half times what the county already expects to collect from owners each year. Legislator Dwight (Mike) Healy abruptly exited his chair and effectively adjourned a public meeting of District II legislators … Read more

Allegany property tax rate among highest in U.S. as county legislators sit on tens of millions

EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County’s property tax rate is the second or third highest in the United States by one measure as county legislators continue to put away millions – over 160 percent more last year than was levied against taxpayers. An Allegany County Hope Community News compilation from different data sources appears clear that Allegany County … Read more

Allegany County surplus soars while it declares ‘necessity’ to keep its high sales tax rate

EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County’s state legislative representatives are being asked again to work at retaining the county’s third highest sales tax rate in the state at the same time as the government’s surplus escalated by more than $16 million, or nearly 50 percent, last year. The new unappropriated fund balance of nearly $48.8 million is enough … Read more

Art shows and other activities to highlight some school budget votes Tuesday

Several Allegany County school districts will be combining student art shows, STEAM exhibits, book and wellness fairs, and even an ice cream social with Tuesday votes on their annual operating budgets and school board members. Allegany Hope will be among community resources organizations at a combination art, STEAM and wellness fair from 6PM-8PM May 16 … Read more

County board closes doors to public to discuss millions of dollars in “other monies”

The Allegany County Board of Legislators abruptly closed its doors to the public today to discuss an unknown scope of county finances which appeared to range from millions of dollars to the entire county budget. Allegany Hope Community News Editor Casey Jones challenged the action as being unlawful as the disjointed proceedings jumped from an … Read more

Wellsville and Andover pushing county sharing of sales tax revenues

Wellsville and Andover officials are pushing a proposal for Allegany County, NY, to share its rapidly increasing sales tax revenue, which has the potential for exceeding its total property tax levy this year, with local governments. District IV county legislators, representing the two towns comprising nearly one-fifth of the county’s population, indicated agreement this week … Read more

Allegany County suddenly grants employees $500,000 in bonuses

BREAKING: The Allegany County, NY, government workforce suddenly became beneficiaries of a half million dollars in bonuses this afternoon when county lawmakers approved a previously unannounced package which appears to have violated State Open Meetings Law requirements. Ways and Means Committee Chair Brooke Harris of Alfred introduced the topic at the end of the regular … Read more

Wellsville Airport nets $50,000 next year following extended Allegany County legislators debate

The Town of Wellsville Airport appears on its way to receiving a $50,000 contribution from Allegany County, NY, next year after county legislators again punted a decision as to whether it should provide funds without knowing financial need, if it should occur each year, and a determination as to its benefit to the entire county. … Read more

Allegany County to continue keeping excess property taxes for itself

UPDATE: Allegany County, NY, taxpayers appear to have lost the opportunity for a sizable tax cut today after county lawmakers spent some 15 minutes discussing, and then passing over, use of a small portion of its large fund balance to lower property taxes for all towns in the county next year and otherwise ignored use … Read more

Allegany County legislators ignore providing substantive drops in next year’s tax rates

BREAKING: Allegany County, NY, legislators adjourned shortly before noon today, without taking any substantive action to further reduce the county tax rate for next year’s operating budget. Lawmakers spent some 15 minutes discussing whether they should use surplus funds to create a property tax savings for all towns in the county, 10 of which will … Read more

Sales tax revenues exceed budget as county lawmakers consider whether to reduce taxes

BREAKING: Allegany County, NY, legislators are expected to determine this week whether they will continue to add more money to the county’s surplus account or provide a significant reduction in property or sales tax, after receiving a report today that county sales tax receipts for this year are likely to be over $5 million more … Read more

Allegany County urged to drop next year’s tax levy by $10 million

Allegany County, NY, legislators are being urged to appropriate $10 million from surplus funds to significantly reduce property taxes, the sales tax or a combination of the two. Allegany Hope Executive Director Casey Jones, who also is editor of its Community News, made the comments at a public hearing last night on the 2023 tentative … Read more

Allegany County limits information on 2023 tentative budget

BREAKING: Allegany County, NY, government apparently is reverting back to providing limited information to the public about its tentative multi-million dollar budgets prior to public hearings on the documents. The Board of Legislators will hold a 7PM Thursday listening session on its $131.75 million tentative operating budget for next year which would provide a 3.07 … Read more