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Corning City Council adopts 2020 budget

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The Corning City Council adopted the fiscal year 2020 budget on Monday. 

The budget will increase property taxes in the city by about 1.5 percent. 

The Council said a house that is assessed at $85,000 would see a tax increase of about $1.28 a month or $15.30 a year. 

Corning City Mayor, Bill Boland, said this is the second year in a row the budget has remained under New York State’s property tax cap.

“Inflation is roughly 2.5 percent, this is below inflation, so we’re making great strides in keeping property taxes low,” Mayor Boland.

The budget also includes an additional $100,000 for street paving and keeps all services in place. 

The Council said it won’t require any further reduction of the city’s full-time workforce of 102 employees.

However, Mayor Boland said next year may be difficult considering the tail end of a number of grants including from Guthrie and the state. 

“It will hit our budget and cause additional challenges for where we go next year,” Mayor Boland said. 

Despite the end of certain grants, Mayor Boland remains hopeful that the City Council will keep the budget under control for the following year.

“I’m predicting good things next year as well,” Mayor Boland said. “Even with the challenges we have.”

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