ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – On Wednesday evening, residents in the Tompkins County Community made their way to the community budget forum where they had the chance to learn and comment on the county's recommended 2020 budget.

According to a press release from the Tompkins County Legislature, the annual budget forum focused on three community service programs.

The press release states that four speakers urged continued funding of Continuum of Care efforts to end homelessness, $50,000 in ongoing Target funding had been requested, to succeed three years of one-time allocations that have supported a range of homelessness prevention programs. Four people each also urged that over-target funding be approved for two programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. $18,000 in one-time funding is sought as "bridge funding" for Extension's Urban Outreach program, an after-school support and mentoring program. There were several members of the Food Policy Council who spoke in support of a $20,000 one-time allocation, for the next two years, to develop a local Food System Plan.

Legislators will begin to recommend modifications to the administrator's budget on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

To learn more about the 2020 recommended budget, click here.