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Community Budget Forum October 5th

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Tompkins County Legislature will hold its annual Community Budget Forum on Wednesday, October 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The forum 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 the public information meeting to learn about the 2017 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 over the past month, with presentations by County departments and agencies. The forum invites public comments before the committee considers any recommended changes to the Administrator’s budget.

The 2017 Recommended Budget supports total expenditures of $173 million and local dollar spending of $84.7 million (increases of less than 1%). It meets the Legislature’s 2017 budget goal of a 3% increase in the County property tax levy. 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%. The County property tax bill for the owner of a median-valued $175,000 home would increase by $16.

The 2017 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 5th Community Budget Forum, contact the Legislature Office at 274-5434 or the County Public Information Office at 274-5555.