TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The community can learn more about the county’s recommended 2019 budget at a forum Oct. 3.

The annual Community Budget Forum will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Tompkins County Legislature Chambers,  located on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

County Administrator Jason Molino will present the recommended $186.5 million budget at the forum. This year’s tax levy has increased 1.43 percent, but the tax rate has gone down. As recommended, the impact on the homeowner of a median-valued $185,000 home would increase by about $15.

Some priorities in the 2019 budget include keeping current programs stable, reducing the population of the Tompkins County Jail, and addressing the shortage in affordable housing.

Related: First look at Tompkins recommended $186 million budget for 2019

Throughout the month, legislators have been examining the budget and hearing from department heads.

The forum gives the community a chance to provide input on the budget before legislators consider any recommended changes Oct. 9.

The recommended budget, along with schedules and other budget-related information, is posted on the budget page of the county website. Paper copies are also available at the County Legislature Office and at Tompkins County Administration, 125 E. Court St., third floor.

Kelsey O'Connor

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