There’s good news for taxpayers in Broome County.
Not only did lawmakers approve the 2020 budget, but they also included a 1 percent decrease in the property tax rate.
The adopted budget also includes plans to invest more into SUNY Broome, add new Sheriff's deputies, and restructure the county's 911 center.
The legislature did make some changes to County Executive Jason Garnar's proposal, including a $3 million dollar reduction in short-term borrowing.
"We asked a lot of tough questions during the budget process because that's our job,” one legislator said. “That's what legislators do. We're here for oversight and accountability and we went through a very rigorous process but it was very professional and very thorough."
Garnar will hold a public hearing for any final comment, before signing the budget.