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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Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca, New York are collaborating in the search for dynamic leader to serve as Project Director for the newly established Community Justice Center with a proven track record of commitment to equity and social justice.

As the Project Director, you are responsible for leading the implementation of the Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative. As the Project Director you will convene, organize, and collaborate with multiple stakeholders including community members to implement the plan’s recommendations.

An ideal candidate will have experience leading and advancing equity-centered solutions on behalf of the community.

Application deadline is August 15, 2021. Please see full job description and application here: www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies

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Serious food for thought. Do your part. Don't buy almond products - there are plenty of other options that are actually better for you (Milkadamia, brazil nuts, pecans, walnutes). And seriously, do I have to tell you that buying water in plastic bottles is really, really bad for the environment? ... See MoreSee Less

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BM has no idea what supports California’s economy, we are an ag state!😱

Yes but is that figure actually tree consumption or irrigation? Water not used goes back to the water table to be used again.

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