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Tax rate is reduced by 2 cents per $1,000 as Chautauqua Legislature passes budget

MAYVILLE – Real estate taxes for 2015 will be reduced by 2 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, under a $228 million budget adopted by the Chautauqua County Legislature.

The new tax rate will be $9.14 per $1,000, compared with $9.16 in the current budget. The owner of property assessed for $100,000 will see a county tax cut in 2015 of $2, for a total tax bill of $91.40.

The Legislature set the 2015 tax levy and accepted equalization rates for communities within the county at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Tax bills are sent in January and also include county assessments and any special taxes that apply to property including, lighting, fire protection or sewer districts.

In other business, the Legislature accepted the reports of unpaid taxes from towns and villages throughout the county. The amounts are repaid to the municipalities, and the county assumes the responsibility of collecting the tax bills. Foreclosures on properties with unpaid taxes also become the responsibility of the county. There was $96,410 in outstanding tax bills in the two cities and townships and $62,058 owed to the villages for unpaid taxes.

The Legislature also accepted a $55,000 grant that will help with costs for mental health transitional services, including counseling for people who have been recently released from a mental health hospital inpatient stays. The program is conducted in cooperation with Cattaraugus County and will be administered through the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The purpose is to supply counseling and other supports to help reduce readmission to psychiatric facilities.

Additional grant money of $117,000 is available in 2015 for the services that will include a mobile unit to visit people in rural areas who do not have transportation to clinics.