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Cortland, Tompkins Counties Continue Reviewing Draft Budgets This Week

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Legislators in both Cortland and Tompkins Counties have a busy week of meetings ahead, primarily to continue reviewing and making potential recommendations to their respective 2020 Draft County Budgets.

Three Cortland County committees met yesterday (September 23), namely the Judiciary & Public Safety, Health & Human Services and Ag, Planning & Environmental Committees.

The Personnel Committee met today, with Highway & Solid Waste doing so tomorrow and the Buildings & Grounds Committee on Thursday.

Each committee will continue review of their department budgets, with the next official budget workshop meeting set for October 7.

An official 2020 Budget submission is due, no later than December 20, 2019.

This week’s committee meetings will be followed by a full legislative session Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Expected at the monthly session, where additional conversations on the budget are expected, along with official consideration of any other resolutions passed through the various committees this month.

As always, stay tuned with WXHC News for coverage on everything you need to know at the end of the week.

Meanwhile, Tompkins County Legislators will this week wrap up the presentation phase of their 2020 Budget review process.

County Administrator Jason Molina’s recommended a $191.8M spending plan that would increase the County’s property tax levy by 2.76%, while decreasing its overall tax rate for the sixth consecutive year, which officials say is the result of a “continued substantial increase in the county’s tax base.”

Molina also recommended a $2 increase in the annual Solid Waste Fee for county residents.

Under his Recommended Budget, the County property tax bill (including the solid waste fee) for the owner of a median-valued $190,000 home would increase by $15.

Committee presentations on the working document began yesterday and will continue today.

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