TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — It’s a 2020 budget-filled evening. Local residents who want to learn more about next year’s recommended budget for Tompkins County can attend the Community Budget Forum. The City of Ithaca will also be releasing its budget Wednesday night.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Tompkins County Legislature Chambers, 121 E. Court St., Ithaca.

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino released the 2020 budget in early September. The proposed $191.8 million budget has a tax levy increase, but a tax rate decrease.

The proposed tax levy increase is 2.76%. Meanwhile, the tax rate has decreased for the sixth year to $6.31 per $1,000 of assessed property. So, the owner of a median-valued single-family home of $190,000 in Tompkins County would see an increase in their property tax bill of $12.86. The budget also recommends a solid waste annual fee increase of $2. In total, residents are looking at an average increase of about $15, if the budget passes as proposed.

• Read more: Tompkins Budget 2020: Here’s a first look at the $191 million budget

See the full 2020 recommended budget, along with schedules here.

City of Ithaca to release 2020 budget

Mayor Svante Myrick is also expected to unveil the 2020 budget for the City of Ithaca at Wednesday evening’s Common Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in Common Council Chambers in City Hall, 108 E. Green St., Ithaca, and will also be live-streamed here.

Kelsey O'Connor

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