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Proposed budgets outlined for Binghamton and Broome County

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(WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Binghamton Mayor Rich David both introduced their proposed budgets for 2019 Wednesday night.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar (D) detailed his $385 million proposed budget at the DICK's Sporting Goods Distribution Center on Wednesday night that would reduce the county's property tax levy by .495. 

"Ultimately we came up with a budget where we're actually going to be able to propose a tax cut for Broome County taxpayers," said Garnar.

It's the first time since 2004 that a Broome County Executive proposed a tax cut. 

Garnar said that he is working to improve Broome County, which is on the list of the most fiscally stressed parts of New York State.

"We're like one of ten municipalities throughout New York State of all the thousands that are on this list. My goal is to get us off that list," explained Garnar.

Looking to keep more money in taxpayers pockets also is Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R), who outlined his proposed budget for 2019 at the City Council Chambers on Wednesday night.

"It's a solid budget that continues to deliver tax relief for residents for another consecutive year," said David.

 After his fifth budget address, Mayor David said that he's glad Binghamton can be a model for Broome County's proposed budget.

"Well I'm glad to see that the county is following the lead of the city of Binghamton," said David. "You're seeing now Broome County mirror or mimic the direction that the City of Binghamton is going, so I think that's a good thing."

David went on to say, "What I'm hoping for is to see consistency year after year by Broome County like you've seen at the City of Binghamton for the past five years."

Both David and Garnar are hoping to have their budgets approved in the next few months.

Click the links below to read the entire budget plans.



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