Tompkins County
New York


Adoption of Amendments to the 2018 Tentative Tompkins County Budget and 2018-2022 Capital Program


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Category:BudgetFunctions:Annual Resolutions


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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, amendments to the 2018 tentative budget and 2018-2022 capital program were recommended and filed by the Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee on October 16, 2017, and


              WHEREAS, a public hearing is scheduled for October 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at the Legislative Chambers, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That the 2018 Tentative Budget and 2018-2022 Capital Program submitted by the County Administrator is hereby amended in accordance with the recommendations of the Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, the action taken by this Legislature on this date, and the Rules of the County Legislature and Article 7 of County Law, for a total tax levy amount of $49,143,124, resulting in an approximate tax-levy increase of 2.32 percent and a county-wide average tax-rate of $6.57 per thousand, a decrease of -0.76 percent,


              RESOLVED, further, That this action also results in an increase of $11.14 on a median-priced home assessed at $178,000,


              RESOLVED, further, That this amended tentative budget will be presented at the October 30, 2017, Public Hearing on the budget.



Meeting History

Oct 16, 2017 5:30 PM Media Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee Regular Budget Meeting
MOVER:Michael Lane, Member
SECONDER:Martha Robertson, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Will Burbank, Carol Chock, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson, Anna Kelles, Rich John
EXCUSED:Michael Sigler
Oct 17, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Mr. Dennis said the tax cap is 3.5%; the County Administrator was asked to develop a budget based on a 2.4% tax levy increase.

Following a brief discussion, it was MOVED by Ms. Robertson, seconded by Mrs. McBean-Clairborne, to add the following Whereas: “WHEREAS, the tax cap for Tompkins County as calculated by New York State would be 3.5% for 2018,”.

Mr. Burbank agrees the County has lived under it but doesn’t want to acknowledge it; the language has not appeared in previous resolutions and does not support adding it now. Mrs. McBean-Clairborne said Legislators and staff have worked very hard to keep the budget below the cap and believes it is worth acknowledging. He said he does not support acknowledging something that is fundamentally bad, but he said he would not vote against the budget if that language were included.

A vote on the amendment resulted as follows: Ayes - 5 (Legislators Kelles, Kiefer, Klein, McBean-Clairborne, and Robertson); Noes - 8 (Legislators Burbank, Chock, Dennis, John, Lane, McKenna, Morey, and Sigler); Vacancy - 1 (District No. 11). AMENDMENT FAILED.

Vote on amendment ayes

Ms. Robertson asked about how new lumber has impacted the tax cap. Mr. Mareane said he did not have that information but it was significant. Ms. Robertson referred to new projects and commercial and industrial development and how they help spread the tax burden.

This resolution was adopted by a roll call vote.

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