Tompkins County Adopts Tentative Budget
October 29, 2013
ELMIRA -- (WENY) After weeks of review the final amendments to Tompkins County 2014 tentative budget are in, now legislatures wait until the public hearing on November 12th. They formally adopted the budget Tuesday night, 14 to 1.
This amended budget would increase the County tax levy by 2.95% for an
average homeowner that's just under a $15.00 increase. The countywide average tax rate would increase by 1.34%. The amended budget is about $260,000 less than the administrators budget.
There was a big turn out during this budget process from county workers fighting for a living wage. This budget does set aside $100,000 to get some contracted workers up to that wage. It reinstates funding for some programs including the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
Tompkins County Legislator Nate Shinagawa added, "what's been great about this budget is that it's been an absolute compromise something that we've been able to do locally that people in Washington can't seem to do. So what this does is, it's critical investments in infrastructure and we have a little bit more support in key departments."
The public budget hearing is on Tuesday November 12th at 7:00PM. And the final vote is Tuesday November 19th. The amended budget is available for review online at the County website at http://tompkinscountyny.gov/ctyadmin/budget/index along with other information regarding the 2014 budget process.