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LITTLE VALLEY – With more than half of the tax levy of nearly $52.4 million going to retirement and insurance costs, the Cattaraugus County Legislature has adopted the budget for 2014 that was proposed Nov. 6.

The county’s total budget will be about $225.6 million – about $7 million more than the $213 million budget for 2013.

This will result in fairly small increases in the county tax rate for various communities and a slight reduction in the Town of Otto, where a recent townwide reassessment accounts for a lower tax rate.

“As the chairman of the Finance Committee, I need to take this time to thank every department head that was a part of this budget,” District 10 Legislator, Jim Snyder, R-Olean, said. “All of you made this budget process look easy and painless with your cooperation and abilities to work together. We were able to deliver a balanced budget that remained under the 1.6 percent increase we were allowed. I believe everybody got what they wanted out of it.”

With no discussion and very little movement in committee meetings, the budget calls for no layoffs among the county’s workforce, and it adds two new positions. A victim’s advocate position will be added in the District Attorney’s Office, as will a temporary deputy human resources director. The deputy director position will be a six-month position, as the person to fill it will be learning the ropes to take the position of director after the temporary deputy position expires.

In an effort to close the gap of the tax burden to residents, $3.4 million of the county’s surplus will be used in the coming year’s budget. That amount is $500,000 more than this year.

Cattaraugus County towns and cities, followed by the tentative 2014 tax rate for each $1,000 of assessment on full value, and the percentage of change from 2013, follow:

Allegany - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Ashford - $21.28, +2.76 percent

Carrollton - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Coldspring - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Conewango - $20.61, 4.37 percent

Dayton - $16.70, +2.76 percent

East Otto - $18.45, -0.11 percent

Ellicottville - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Farmersville - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Franklinville - $18.34, +2.76 percent

Freedom - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Great Valley - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Hinsdale - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Humphrey - $13.18, +2.76 percent

Ischua - $13.19, +2.75 percent

Leon - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Little Valley - $18.58, +1.31 percent

Lyndon - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Machias - $13.19. +2.76 percent

Mansfield - $13.19, +2.76 percent

Napoli – $22.36, +2.76 percent

New Albion - $17.36, +2.76 percent

Olean (city) - $13.19, +2.75 percent

Olean (town) - $16.91, +2.76 percent

Otto - $13.19, -38.86 percent

Perrysburg - $19.68, +8.65 percent

Persia - $16.91, +0.13 percent

Portville - $13.49, +2.76 percent

Randolph: $14.99, +3.93 percent

Red House: $13.19, +2.76 percent

Salamanca City: $69.82, +2.75 percent

Salamanca Town: $13.19, +2.76 percent

South Valley: $16.91, -3.83 percent

Yorkshire: $73.31, +2.76 percent