County property tax hikes up to 24 percent predicted

QUEENSBURY - Warren County Supervisors voted Friday to approve a 2010 budget that calls for raising $36.3 million in property taxes, reflecting a 6.1 percent increase overall from 2009.

This increase, however, is substantially higher for tax rates in individual towns - property owners will shoulder county tax hikes between 5 percent and 24 percent for 2010.

In Warrensburg, the county tax rate will be increasing from $3.15 to $3.52 per thousand in assessed valuation, an 11.7 percent hike.

In Lake George outside the village, the increase will be 19.6 percent, according to figures supplied Friday by county administrators. Inside Lake George Village, the increase is 9 percent. In Chester, the increase is 5 percent.

But in Johnsburg, the increase in tax rate from 2009 to 2010 is far higher: property owners in this upcounty town opening their tax bills in late January will see an increase in county taxes of 23.5 percent.

In Queensbury, the increase is 20 percent; in Bolton, 11.6 percent; in Thurman, 9.7 percent; in Glens Falls, 7 percent; in Horicon, 5 percent; in Stony Creek, 8 percent; in Hague, 11.6 percent, and in Lake Luzerne, 12.7 percent.

The budget approval occurred Friday soon after the county Supervisors voted against a proposed temporary sales tax hike from 7 to 8 percent, which would have kept the increase at zero.

Voting against the budget were county supervisors Fred Monroe of Chester, Kathleen Simmes of Bolton, Ralph Bentley of Horicon, Red Pitkin of Thurman, Frank Thomas of Stony Creek, Sterling Goodspeed of Johnsburg, Ralph Bentley of Horicon, Dan Belden of Hague, Gene Merlino of Lake Luzerne, and Glens Falls Supervisors Daniel Girard and Joseph Sheehan.

Several of the supervisors opposing the budget said they could not support a budget that boosted the burden on property owners while leaving the county facing $8 million in additional debt in January.

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