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Public Hearing on 2016 Tentative Budget November 10

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Public Hearing on 2016 Tentative Budget November 10

Monday, November 9, 2015

The County Legislature invites county residents to comment on the County’s proposed 2016 budget at a public budget hearing to be held Tuesday, November 10.

The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. at County Legislative Chambers, located on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca. The public hearing is the official opportunity during the budget process for the public to provide input on the budget.

The Tentative Budget, amended by the Legislature from the recommended spending plan presented by County Administrator Joe Mareane, would increase the County tax levy by 1.12%, compared to the 1.3% included in the Administrator’s budget to meet the Legislature’s 2016 levy goal. The recommended tax rate of $6.73 per thousand is down by 1.77% from 2015, representing an increase of $13.62 in the tax bill for the median-valued $170,000 home. As part of the amended budget, the County Solid Waste Fee would increase by $3.00 from the 2015 level, to $55.00 per household.

The 2016 Recommended Budget and the amendments adopted by the Legislature are posted for review 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 final budget adoption vote is scheduled for the Legislature’s next meeting Tuesday, November 17.