Syracuse, N.Y - Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon unveiled his 20-22 budget today to the county legislator.
McMahon's 1.4 dollar billion balanced budget increases spending but it also cuts property taxes by about 1%. He announced a new tax rate $4.93 per thousand which is a decline of about 6 cent per thousand.
Unlike last year when McMahon talked about cuts, todays presentation was more upbeat in part thanks to federal money.
Some of the big ticket items McMahon has in the budget are:
- $15 million to improve broadband high speed internet service for those underserved
- 5 million for the Main Street program to upgrade communities and their business districts.
- $750,000 for antipoverty programs
- 35 million for the Aquarium in in the Inner Harbor, he will ask for another 50 million from surplus from the 2021 budget
- 25 million for the Soccer/ Lacrosse fields in the Town of Salina at Hopkins Road Park.
- 4 million dollars over two years to build out better Softball and Baseball fields at Carrier Park
Executive McMahon said "We have started to recapture the momentum and progress we were experiencing before the hundred year pandemic.”