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Public Hearing on Tompkins County Budget Set for Tuesday (Oct. 29)

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The Tompkins County Legislature has set a public hearing for Tuesday (October 29), where residents are invited to comment on the tentative 2020 budget proposal and five-year capital plan.

It serves as the official opportunity during the budget process for the public to provide input on the budget.

As it stands, the $193.1M tentative Budget would increase the County tax levy by 2.75%, with a recommended tax rate of $6.31 per thousand – down by 10 cents from 2018.

This represents an increase of $12.69 in the tax bill for the median-valued $190,000 home.

A $2 increase in the County’s annual Solid Waste Fee is also recommended, bringing it to $60.

The recommended tax levy increase falls below Tompkins County’s State-calculated 2020 Tax Cap.

A full digital copy of the 2020 Recommended Budget and the amendments adopted by the Legislature are online at the County Website.

Paper copies of the budget are available at the County Legislature office and at County Administration, 125 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at County Legislative Chambers, located on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

The Legislature’s final budget adoption vote is scheduled November 7.

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