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Legislators Adopt Amendments to 2017 Recommended Budget; Set Public Hearing

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Legislators Adopt Amendments to 2017 Recommended Budget; Set Public Hearing

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Tompkins County Legislature formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator’s 2017 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 changes to the package recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee before the Legislature vote.

The amended budget would increase the County tax levy 2.93%. The recommended tax rate of $6.62 per thousand is down by 11 cents (1.53%) from 2016 and is a penny less than the Administrator’s budget, representing an increase of $15.64 in the tax bill for the median-valued $175,000 home. The amended budget’s recommended levy increase of 2.93% compares to a 3% increase contained in the County Administrator’s budget.

The amended package, now known as the legislative Tentative Budget, replaces Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended budget as the basis of budget deliberations and will be sent on to public hearing. 

Public budget hearing November 1st The Legislature, in a separate unanimous vote, scheduled the public hearing on the budget. The hearing will take place during the Legislature’s next meeting on Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m. at Legislature Chambers, located at the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building (Second Floor), 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca. The Legislature’s final budget adoption vote is scheduled November 15th, and changes may still be made prior to final adoption. 

Amendments to the Recommended Budget, as well as other information regarding the 2017 budget process, are available for review online at