BATAVIA – The Genesse County Legislature approved a resolution this week urging the State Legislature to renew three local laws that net the county more than $5 million.
An added 1 percent to the sales tax is good for $4.5 million, and earmarked for capital projects and debt reduction. Unlike the other 3 percent of the local sales tax, this money is not shared with the city, towns and villages.
A 3 percent bed tax, which last year netted $400,000, also is up for a biennial review by the state. Most of these funds go to the county Chamber of Commerce to finance tourism promotion.
The third levy, 2.5 percent on mortgages, stays with the county. Last year, this brought in $297,636.
Genesee County legislators approved the following:
• Hiring a new clinical social worker for the Mental Health Department. The agency’s workload has nearly doubled since Orleans County closed its program last year and shifted patients to Batavia. The $60,000 salary is offset by Medicaid and other insurance reimbursement.
• Carrying over to the new year $750,000 the Genesee County Economic Development Center has set aside in the county’s budget for a potential client. Genesee Valley Mushrooms plans a compost site in the town of Batavia. A similar carryover of $500,000 in funds set aside for a training program at the EDC’s Buffalo East Technology Park in Pembroke was approved.
• A grant of $6,905 to the Genesee Orleans Arts Council to promote art and music appreciation.