Horrigan To Unveil Final Budget Today To Legislature

County Executive Vince Horrigan will present his final budget proposal today during the Legislature meeting at 6:30 p.m.

This budget will be his fourth and final as County Executive. In his most recent Monday Morning Memo, Horrigan said the tentative budget will focus on the progress that has been made over the past several years in moving Chautauqua County forward.

“Strong investments in infrastructure, economic development progress and moving to regional solutions have put us on a solid five-year financial footing with lower property taxes,” Horrigan said. “I invite the public to join me for this presentation.”

The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers on the third floor of the Gerace Office Building at 3 N. Erie Street in Mayville. Horrigan said the meeting can also be watched live on Facebook on the county’s page.

During the session, legislators will also consider the sale of three county buildings, including the South County Office Building located downtown in Jamestown, the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center in Ellicott and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility in Sherman.

The county is looking to sell the buildings to Jamestown Rental Properties. When it comes to the South County Office Building, located at 110 E. Fourth St., the county will lease the space for 10 years with an option to renew for an additional 10 years. The utilities, including electric, water, sewer, heat and trash removal, would be paid by Jamestown Rental Properties.

Jamestown Rental Properties would also be responsible for maintenance and repair. The county would be responsible for ordinary and routine cleaning of the building.

The property is planned to be sold for $1.7 million, and rented for the first year by the county for $591,066.25, with an annual price escalator of 4 percent per year thereafter.

According to previous reports, discussions on selling the South County Office Building were held due to necessary repairs and a desire to place it back on the tax rolls. The building currently houses a variety of services that fall under the Health and Human Services Department, such as the Temporary Assistance Division, Medicaid and Child and Family services. County services and employees would remain in the building during the 10-year lease.

The Frank W. Bratt Center would be sold for $75,000, and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility would be sold for $75,000.

For more information on the meeting and other county information, visit ny-chautauquacounty.civicplus.com.

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