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Tompkins Lawmakers Continue 2013 Budget Review
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Tompkins Lawmakers Continue 2013 Budget Review
Tompkins County lawmakers continued their review of the proposed 2013 budget last night; lawmakers went through six more departments proposed budgets.
 
Lawmakers reviewed the Legislature’s budget , Human Rights Commission, Highway Division, Department of Emergency Response, Health Department, and the Sheriff.  
 
County Highway Director Jeff Smith informed Legislators that due to last winter’s mild weather, he was able to save $186,000, he wants to put the money toward the road materials budget, and to fund a Motor Equipment Operator position.
 
The Highway Department has seen major cuts over the past few years. Smith is also looking to spend 56 thousand dollars to fund a highway management software system, that will enable the department to collect important data and develop an asset plan—including not just the road but also other related elements—to determine value and how to effectively apply resources.  
 
County Emergency Response Director Lee Shurtleff is requesting a full-time Dispatch Supervisor position; it is not included in the Administrators budget 
 
Public Health Director Frank Kruppa is looking to use unspent money in his department to fund a new $285,000 Environmental Health permitting system, that would if approved convert permitting operations to a paperless system within five years.
 
Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing has requested filling a vacant Executive Assistant position, in order to provide support to the Sheriff and Under Sheriff, and to enable the Civil Division to resolve an 18-month backlog in crime reporting.
 
Sheriff Lansing says current staffing levels do not allow the department to keep up with daily operations. 
 
The Sheriff is also looking to return to a vehicle replacement schedule of four-five cars per year; the proposed budget calls for the replacement of two cars next year.
 
Legislators will hear from six more departments, next Monday at 5:30 p.m.
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