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Community Budget Forum October 2nd

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Tompkins County Legislature will hold its annual Community Budget Forum on Monday, October 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The public information meeting on the budget will be held at County Legislature Chambers, located on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca

County residents are invited to attend to learn about the 2018 recommended County budget presented by County Administrator Joe Mareane and to discuss their opinions with legislators. Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee have been examining the proposed budget this month, hearing presentations from County departments and agencies. The forum invites public comments before the committee considers any recommended changes to the Administrator’s budget; those voting sessions begin October 10th.

The Recommended Budget supports total expenditures of $179 million (an increase of 1.6%) and local dollar spending of $86.6 million (an increase of 1.0%), meets the Legislature’s 2018 budget goal of a 2.4% increase in the County property tax levy, and is well below the County’s projected 3.53% tax cap. The property tax rate will go down again in 2018, to $6.58 per $1,000—a reduction of 0.7%. Under the Recommended Budget, the County property tax bill for the owner of a median-valued $178,000 home would increase by $12.

The 2018 Recommended Budget, with schedules and other budget-related information, is posted on the budget page of the County web site at

Paper copies of the proposed budget are available for review at the County Legislature Office and at Tompkins County Administration, 125 E. Court Street (Third Floor), Ithaca.

For more information on the October 2nd Community Budget Forum, contact the Legislature Office at 274-5434 or the County Public Information Office at 274-5555.