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Some contracted agencies asked for more funding during Tuesday's public hearing on the Wyoming County budget.

Among them were the Wyoming County Tourist Promotion Agency and the county's Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Pike Supervisor Larry Rogers also asked that $2,900 in funding to county libraries be restored, bringing funding to last year's level. He also asked that a $42,021 cut to Cooperative Extension in this year's budget be restored.

Eagle Supervisor Joseph Kushner said one way to avoid cuts to these agencies is to have county layoffs. County officials said state mandates are responsible for higher budget items.

"If you keep raising taxes, you take everyone's discretionary spending away," Kushner said.

He said as much as $120,000 worth of personnel cuts could be made as one way to trim the budget. "That is a viable way to do it," Kushner said.

Wyoming County's tentative $93.8 million budget includes an increase of 6 percent, or $567,121, in the tax levy, which would rise to $10 million.

The tax rate would average $6.61 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a 2.48 percent increase from $6.45, county officials said.

Officials estimated that owners of a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $661 next year, $16 more than this year.

County revenues total $81.2 million, an increase of $2.7 million, or 3.5 percent.

That includes $11.6 million from the county's sales tax, up $500,000 from this year, according to County Treasurer John Edwards. To hold down the tax rate, the budget incorporates $2.5 million from reserve funds.

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