Public forum tonight for Tompkins County 2017 budget

The Tompkins County Legislature is holding a public forum on Wednesday, October 5, to give county residents a chance to learn about their proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Tompkins County lake viewAccording to county officials, the proposed budget “supports total expenditures of $173 million and local dollar spending of $84.7 million (increases of less than 1%),” and they say “the property tax rate in the budget will go down for the third straight year—from $6.73 per $1,000 to $6.63 per $1,000—a reduction of 1.5%,” though there’s a 3% increase in the county property tax levy. As a result, the “property tax bill for the owner of a median-valued $175,000 home would increase by $16.”

County legislators have been evaluating the budget as proposed by County Administrator Joe Mareane for about a month, with each county department and agency presenting information about its section of the budget. Tonight’s public forum will give the Expanded Budget Committee a chance to get public comments before considering any changes.

Tompkins County’s recommended budget is posted on the county government website, and paper copies are available for review at the County Legislature Office and at Tompkins County Administration, on the third floor at 125 East Court Street in Ithaca.

The budget forum is at 7pm on Wednesday, October 5, in the County Legislature Chambers on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building at 125 East Court Street in downtown Ithaca. More info about the forum is available from the Legislature Office at 607-274-5434 or the County Public Information Office at 607-274-5555.

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