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Legislators Adopt Amendments to 2018 Recommended Budget

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Tompkins County Legislature formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator’s 2018 Recommended Budget and the Capital Program for the next five years, as recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee. The vote was unanimous. There were no additional changes to the package before the Legislature vote.

The amended budget would increase the County tax levy 2.32%. The recommended tax rate of $6.57 per thousand is down by 5 cents (0.76%) from 2017 and is a penny less than the Administrator’s budget, representing an increase of $11.14 in the tax bill for the median-valued $178,000 home. The amended budget’s recommended levy increase of 2.32% compares to a 2.4% increase contained in the County Administrator’s budget, and is below Tompkins County’s State-calculated 2018 Tax Cap of 3.53%.

Budget chair Jim Dennis thanked his fellow legislators, department heads, and everyone else who has been involved in a successful process of putting together a tentative budget. He noted that this year’s budget was a purposeful move by the Administrator to permit legislators to be much more involved in forming the budget than they have been in the past. Legislator Martha Robertson noted the effect of “new lumber” in spreading the tax levy across a larger base and enabling continued decrease in the tax rate. “People want to know how is development helping me…This is how it’s helping up, this new value that’s been built.”

The amended package, now known as the Tentative Budget, replaces Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended budget as the basis of budget deliberations, and will be sent on to public hearing Monday, October 30, 7:00 p.m., at Legislature Chambers in the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street (second floor), Ithaca. The Legislature’s final budget adoption vote is scheduled November 9, and changes may still be made prior to final adoption.

The Recommended Budget, all amendments to the Recommended Budget, and other information regarding the 2018 budget process, are available for review online at the County website at