TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Anyone with thoughts, questions or concerns about Tompkins County’s proposed 2019 budget, a public budget hearing Tuesday is the time to air them.

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

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

For the past few weeks, legislators have discussed and amended the 2019 budget proposed by County Administrator Jason Molino. The tentative budget would increase the county tax levy by 1.54 percent and the recommended tax rate is $6.40 per thousand. The bottom line for tax bills is about a $13.90 increase for owners of a median-valued $185,000 home. A $3 increase to the county’s annual solid waste fee to $58 is also recommended.

Learn more about the budget and amendments at the county’s budget page: Paper copies are also available at the County Legislature office and at County Administration, 125 E. Court St., Ithaca.

The final vote to adopt the budget will be Nov. 8.

Kelsey O'Connor

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