Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente presented his 2019 budget proposal to the County Board of Legislators today.

The over $419 million spending plan calls for no property tax increase for the sixth year in a row.

“Keeping taxes as low as possible and making strategic investments in our places and people has proven to be an effective approach in expanding our county tax base,” Picente said. “Last year, our taxable assessed value was $7.3 billion dollars and. In 2019, that will increase by over $35 million. That growth is a shining example that we are on a prosperous path for the future.”

The County Executive's budget includes the creation of a 24/7 Stabliization Center for those dealing with mental health, substance abuse or other life issues.

The budget also projects $19 million in gaming revenue from the Oneida Indian Nation.

The first public hearing on the proposed budget will take place in Utica on October 10th.

A copy of the budget address can be viewed at ocgov.net.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX