BALLSTON SPA — A public hearing about the proposed 2018 Saratoga County budget will take place Wednesday.
Last month, Saratoga County unveiled a $319.6 million tentative spending plan, which includes a decrease in the property tax rate of 1 cent per $1,000 of assessed property value and a spending increase of more than $22 million, compared with the 2017 spending plan.
If the proposed budget passes, the countywide average tax rate would decrease from $2.30 to $2.29 per $1,000 of assessed value, and the tax levy would increase from $56.9 million to $58.5 million, remaining within the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap.
The budget also calls for $26.2 million in various capital projects, including a $15.3 million public safety building, which seeks to consolidate county health and safety services under one roof.
The nearly 63,000-square-foot facility is slated to be built on county property at the corner of County Farm Road and Fairground Avenue in Ballston Spa.
It would house the sheriff’s office, probation department, public health services, emergency services, 911 dispatch and communications, and more than 13,500 square of feet of shared training and conference space.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring or summer if approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The public hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the county offices, at 40 McMaster St.