Our County Legislature’s most important function is to allocate County resources in ways that meet the needs and values of our residents.  Not surprisingly, when our needs are many and our resources are relatively few, our values tend to get short shrift.

Tompkins County now face increasingly scarce resources under a Federal government that shows little interest in our natural, social, and cultural environments, and a State government that sometimes seems determined to bankrupt our counties.  We had to use 68% of last year’s county property tax levy to pay for unfunded mandates.  Because of New York State’s “system” for funding Medicaid, we used fully 24% of last year’s property tax levy to pay for Medicaid services provided in Tompkins County. If Congressional Republicans succeed in implementing block grant funding for Medicaid, our county share of Medicaid funding could increase even more.  What will we do then?  We cannot increase property taxes by any substantial amount: our citizens are already burdened with very high property taxes, and that burden was effectively increased by the limitation on SALT deductions imposed by Federal tax legislation passed in 2017.  At the same time, we cannot deny health care services to our residents who need them.

How we overcome the challenge of resource scarcity while maintaining the quality of life we all value will set our County’s course for years to come.  I believe the key to meeting these challenges is to build a strong, sustainable, independent economy here in Tompkins County.  That means not only increasing our tax base, but also using every means at our disposal to create jobs that pay a living wage or better, to promote our flagging retail sector, to underwrite construction of affordable and work force housing, and to expand public transit services throughout Tompkins County.  When everyone in Tompkins County thrives, everyone contributes to growing county revenues.

We have a LOT of work to do!


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Deborah Dawson - TC Legislator for District 10

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Deborah Dawson - TC Legislator for District 10

There's no excuse not to immunize your pet!

Free Rabies ClinicJanuary 24, 2018, 6:00pmSPCA of Tompkins CountyThe Tompkins County Health Department will offer a FREE rabies clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 6-8:00pm at the Tompkins County SPCA (1640 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca). Please register online: apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/
Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive a 3 year certificate for cats and dogs. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.
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Free Rabies Clinic

Posted 5 days ago

Deborah Dawson - TC Legislator for District 10

Please plan to attend this very important event. Learn more about the candidates. Make an informed choice. Help the candidates decide whether or not they are viable challengers. Thank you.

Straw Poll of 23rd Congressional CandidatesFebruary 12, 2018, 6:30pmState Theatre of IthacaALL registered Democrats who live in Tompkins County are cordially invited to hear from the Congressional candidates and vote in this straw poll! The primary is Tuesday, June 26.
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Straw Poll of 23rd Congressional Candidates

To my constituents who read the print version of the Ithaca Times: I responded to that publication's questions about my goals and concerns 10 days ago, but my answers were inadvertently omitted from today's print issue. Nick Reynolds assures me that they will be included in the online version of his article, which is not yet available. Ordinarily, I would not make an issue of this, but the implication of the printed article is that it contained the answers of every elected County official who bothered to answer. I want everyone to know that I cared enough, and was conscientious enough, to provide thoughtful answers. Please stay tuned, and I will post them as soon as they are available. ... See MoreSee Less

A day late but not a dollar short:

"Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?"
Expediency asks the question, "Is it polite?"
Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?"
But conscience asks the question, "Is it right?"
And there comes a point when one must take
a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular,
but he must take it because his conscience
tells him that it is right...." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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