Broome legislators close 2013

By Michelle Costanza

December 31, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 12:27 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County legislators look ahead to a new year.

Monday night's meeting served to close out 2013, and ensure a smooth transition to the next 12 months.

The session solidified the key resolutions to the property tax levy -- an ongoing concern for taxpayers.

"We kept it down to 1.77 percent, which is pretty good for three years," said Jerry Marinich, legislator.

Starting with a fund balance of zero, Marinich says it will be important to reduce borrowing for debt and keep the balance growing to keep taxes from increasing.

Wrapping up the year also meant passing the budget off, which allows money to move within departments and in turn, helping business to run more fluidly at the beginning of January.

"The budget is the biggest part of our process that we go through, and overall it was great success in the fact that both sides of the aisle were able to work together on some key issues," said Marinich.

Legislators said that the agenda for 2014 includes a new sewer and industrial park project at the airport, as well as financial revisions of personnel salaries in the county.

Marinich and other county legislators said they are hopeful for a successful year ahead, "We're headed in the right direction as long as we keep going down that same road we'll be okay."