Allegany County adopts tentative budget without changes, but with $1.3 million in changes

Allegany County lawmakers have adopted a $145.5 million tentative budget with no changes, although it increased expenditures by more than $1.5 million before it was adopted and then repeated the actions once again afterward. A resolution declaring that “the 2024 County Tentative Budget dated November 1, 2023, is adopted asthe 2024 County Final Budget” was … Read more

Allegany County over/underbudgeting helps maintain second highest property tax rate in state

NEWS ANALYSIS: Allegany County lawmakers appear to be racking up increasing surpluses, which aren’t being returned proportionally to taxpayers, helping to maintain its distinction as the second highest property and third highest general sales taxed county in the state. Allegany Hope Community News found the increasing pattern following an analysis of four years of budget … Read more

Allegany County blocks request for financial information

Allegany County alleges it has no records which show its financial condition beyond those it creates once a year. The highly dubious claim comes in response to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Allegany Hope Community News to confirm that the county has been carrying unreasonable surpluses for at least five years, rather … Read more

Allegany County sales tax revenues continue surge as surpluses diverted from property tax relief

Allegany County sales tax revenues continue to pile up, with a weekend report showing income from that source already exceeding last year’s total through the the end of October, with at least six million dollars more likely before the end of the year. In the meantime, next year’s budget is proposing to divert $16 million … 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

Garbage pickup struggle in Friendship as local governments face manpower shortages

The Town of Friendship is seeking ways to overcome an immediate manpower shortage for garbage pickup while it and other local governments struggle with similar shortages in various workforce positions. Town Supervisor Russ Hall told a gathering of local officials last week, during an Allegany County District II Legislators meeting with residents, that three of … 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

Property owners urged to check assessments before next week’s Grievance Day

The State Department of Taxation and Finance is encouraging property owners to check their assessments before the start of Grievance Day next week for accuracy and equality. Most Grievance Days by town and city Assessment Boards of Review in the state will occur at locally set hours on the fourth Tuesday in May, the 23rd, … Read more