TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Save the date. Tompkins County residents can ask questions, share input and learn more about the county’s draft 2018 budget next week at the Community Budget Forum.

The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 in the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

Related: Tompkins unveils $179 million recommended budget for 2018; tax levy up but rate down

In the proposed 2018 budget, there is a tax levy increase of 2.4 percent, but a property tax rate decrease. The property tax rate has lowered to $6.58 per $1,000. For the owner of a median-valued $178,000 home in Tompkins County, a homeowner’s property tax bill would increase $12.

County Administrator Joe Mareane will present the recommended budget to the public Oct. 2. Local taxpayers are invited to share their opinions with legislators before voting sessions begin Oct. 10. Throughout the month, legislators on an Expanded Budget Committee have examined the proposed budget and have listened to presentation from county departments and agencies.

The 2018 Recommended Budget, with schedules and other budget-related information, is available on the budget page of the county web site at

The budget is also available to review in print at the Tompkins County Legislature Office and at Tompkins County Administration, 125 E. Court Street (Third Floor), Ithaca.

For more information on Community Budget Forum, contact the Legislature Office at 274-5434 or the County Public Information Office at 274-5555.

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