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No Comment at Hearing on 2017 Proposed Budget

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

There were no speakers tonight, as the Legislature held its annual public budget hearing on the County’s 2017 Tentative Budget and Capital Plan for the next five years, the formal part of the County’s budget process devoted to inviting public comment. Legislature Chair Michael Lane kept the hearing open after the allotted time while the Legislature resumed other business, in case any latecomers wished to speak.

Before the formal hearing, however, during the time at which members of the public may address the Legislature, two people expressed thanks to the Legislature concerning the 2017 budget. Deborah Dietrich, director of Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) thanked the Legislature for its support of OAR, and especially for $70,000 included in the Tentative Budget to support its College Initiative program, as well as for multi-year contingent funding for development of transitional housing. Deborah Cipolla-Dennis, a member of the Dryden Town Board, thanked Legislators for their work on the budget, including funds recommended for OAR and transitional housing. And she also expressed thanks for the County’s work to support LGBTQ training for law enforcement and other staff.

The 2017 Recommended Budget and the amendments adopted by the Legislature may be found online at the budget page of the County website at Paper copies of the budget are available at the County Legislature office and at County Administration, 125 E. Court Street, Ithaca. The Legislature’s budget adoption vote is scheduled for November 15.