Tioga County approves 2014 budget

By Perry Russom

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 12:27 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Tioga County legislature approved their 2014 budget unanimously in Owego Tuesday night.

The budget totals around $70 million - a few million less than last year.

The budget calls for an improved IT structure which would make county government seamless and more transparent so taxpayers can access information easily.

"Hopefully in the end, it's going to lower taxes," said Chuck Shager, budget officer for Tioga County budget. "If we can do our jobs better in the government, it's going to lower the cost. Hopefully less employees and things of that nature down the road."

They also added a $10 million bond to build new bridges down the road.

Shager said one of the challenges in creating the budget was staying under the 1.66 percent tax cap. The cap stops counties from raising the tax levy by more than 1.66 percent.

"It's a matter of looking at each department addressing each department's needs and how can we do it more efficiently," Shager said.