Tompkins County’s two newest legislators took their oaths of office yesterday.
Anna Kelles and Rich John began their two-year terms of office Monday.
John represents the county’s 4th district, which covers Ithaca’s Collegetown and The Commons neighborhoods. Kelles will represent the county’s 2nd district, which covers Ithaca’s Fall Creek neighborhood and a small portion of East Hill.
The new lawmakers will get to work today as the legislature will consider approval of the 2016 county budget. The $171 million budget will increase taxes while maintaining current service levels.
The base pay for a Tompkins County lawmaker is $19,075.
Here in Cortland County, one new legislator will be sworn in on January 1st. Republican Chris Newell will take over representing the 11th district, covering a portion of Cortlandville.
Cortland County lawmakers will see their first pay raise in 25 years next year. Legislators voted to raise their base pay to $10 thousand dollars.