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November 16, 2012

Proposed county budget would force tax hike


Tonawanda News — • The appearance of a year-over-year, $1.7 million increase in Medicaid spending, offset by the state's phasing-in of a "hard cap" on local-share increases. The county's 2013 share will be larger because the state is taking 53 weekly payments instead of 52, Huntington said. On the bright side, the state's three-year plan to cap counties' share of annual Medicaid cost increases gets under way next year. The current 3 percent cap will be reduced to 2 percent, then 1 percent in 2014, and 0 percent in 2015. However much the county's Medicaid share is in 2015, that number is supposed to be "locked in" every year after that so counties aren't footing any more of the rising costs of Medicaid.

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