Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-212

Adoption of 2018 Tompkins County Budget and 2018-2022 Tompkins County Capital Program

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Category:Fiscal (Budget)Functions:Annual Resolutions

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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, the Recommended Budget for the year 2018 and the proposed 2018-2022 Capital Program have been presented to the Legislature by the Budget Officer on September 5, 2017, and a Tentative Budget for the year 2018 and the proposed 2018-2022 Capital Program were adopted by the Legislature for public review on October 17, 2017, and a public hearing was held on October 30, 2017, and all persons desiring to be heard concerning same have been heard, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That pursuant to Section 5.07 of the County Charter, the said proposed budget as amended is adopted, subject to the correction of manifest errors by the Clerk of the Legislature and the Budget Officer, as the budget of Tompkins County for the year 2018,             

 

              RESOLVED, further, That pursuant to Sections 5.03, 5.04, and 5.05 of the County Charter, the several amounts specified in such budget opposite each item of expenditure set forth in the column adopted are appropriated for the objects and purposes specified, effective January 1, 2018,

             

              RESOLVED, further, That the sum of $49,143,124 required to meet the local share of expenses and costs of county government in Tompkins County for the fiscal year 2018 as set forth in the budget be assessed against, levied upon, and collected from the taxable property of the nine towns and the city liable therefore,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That this change will result in an approximate tax-levy increase of 2.32%, falling below the Tompkins County adjusted tax cap of 3.53% as calculated according to New York State’s formula, an approximate tax rate of $6.58 per $1,000 of assessed value, which amounts to a rate decrease of approximately 0.60%, and an increase of 2.87% in local spending,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That this tax change will result in an increase of approximately $11.42 on a median-priced home assessed in 2017 at $178,000,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That pursuant to Section 5.07 of the County Charter, the said proposed Capital Program as amended is adopted, subject to the correction of manifest errors by the Clerk of the Legislature and Budget Officer, as the Capital Program of Tompkins County for the years 2018-2022.

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-21

Meeting History

Nov 9, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
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It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, seconded by Mr. McKenna, to amend the tentative budget and add $35,667 to increase the half-time position in the Weights and Measures Department to a 35-hour per week position.

Mr. Ellis explained the need for the position to be full-time and spoke of the amount of learning involved in Weights and Measures.

Legislators Dennis, Robertson, and Lane spoke in opposition of the amendment and believe the new Legislature should look at this next year and see what happens with the Department having a second truck.

Mr. McKenna said retaining a half-time position is difficult and encouraged the Legislator to support the amendment.

Ms. Chock agrees it takes a lot of time to learn the job and consumer protection is of great importance.

Ms. Kiefer spoke strongly of the work and need for support of the County’s smallest department.

A voice vote on the amendment resulted as follows: Ayes - 6 (Legislators Burbank, Chock, Kelles, Kiefer, McKenna, and McBean-Clairborne); Noes - 8 (Legislators Black, Dennis, John, Klein, Lane, Morey, Robertson, and Sigler). AMENDMENT FAILED.

Mr. John spoke of the budget process and the amount of time taken to hear all input in the thorough process. He also commented that this budget represents principles for the Legislature that devotes some significant resources to housing and alternatives-to-incarceration programs to try to make the criminal justice system better.

Mr. Lane acknowledged the work of the County Administrator, Budget Officer, and department heads and said the Legislature owes a real debt of gratitude for this process.

This resolution was adopted by a roll call vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:James Dennis, Member
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Shawna Black