School Tax Rebates - The Checks Aren't Quite In The Mail

Jan232015
checkisinthemailStill waiting for your school tax rebate check from Albany?  You are not alone.  Despite Governor Andrew Cuomo's promise that rebate checks would be delivered by the end of 2014, the checks have not yet arrived in Lansing.  Tompkins County Director of Assessment Jay Franklin says that officials in Albany claim the state is printing checks every day and sending them to the Comptroller for verification.

"The new deadline to receive them is February 28," Franklin says. "Not December 21 and not December 31, which were the prior two deadlines. I actually called the number they give out and it was not all that helpful, other than, 'yes you are going to get a rebate check and please wait until after February 28 to complain that you didn't get one.'"

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Sigler Initiates Ad Campaign To Support Repowering Cayuga Plant

mikesigler2013 120Mike SiglerTompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that he has bought $1,000 of radio time to encourage listeners to support repowering the cayuga Power Plant.  He has recorded two advertisements that he says are airing currently, and will run for the next two weeks leading up to the NYS Public Service (PSC) Commission deadline for an acceptable repowering plan to be submitted.

"The ad is asking people to call the state," he said.  "Hopefully people will call and tell the Governor to support the power plant.  That is the goal right now."

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Schools Want More Influence On Traffic Study

Jan232015
Transportation StudyLansing Board of Education President Glenn Swanson and Vice President Christine Iacobucci reported to the school board last week on the Town Transportation study that was presented December 22nd at a Lansing Planning Board meeting.  The study was conducted by Cornell Design Connect students, who developed the study over two and a half months last year.

"In that study they had some recommendations for the school district to consider," Swanson said.  "They didn't really extend the study all the way to the school campus, which in some of our opinions was an oversight."

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New Myers Park Entry and Development Fees Approved

Jan232015
myersentrance 120The Lansing Town Board approved fee changes for the Parks and Recreation Department and the Codes Department Wednesday.  The entry fee for non-residents to visit Myers Park will go up by one dollar per visit, and subdivision and building permit fees have been restructured.  Deputy Supervisor Sharon Bowman said the Parks and Rec Department is also working on a season pass for non-residents who regularly visit the park.

"They're working on coming up with a season pass to Myers Park for non-residents," she said.  "Instead of having to pay $4 per entrance they would have a season pass.  They are wrestling with what that might cost, whether is should be $30 for the season or $40."

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County Legislature Highlights

Jan232015

County Legislature Highlights

 

tc leg120Legislature Chair Lane Delivers Annual Message, Announces 2015 Organizational Structure
In his annual message before the Tompkins County Legislature, Legislature Chair Mike Lane said Legislators "are poised to continue the People's work in a manner that is serious, progressive, and fiscally responsible" during 2015.  Challenges for the year ahead come in the context of county residents' needs—where, he said, despite a statistically low unemployment rate, many members of a "shrunken middle class" are underemployed, stuck in entry-level jobs, and struggling to meet their families' basic needs.  "We need more good-paying jobs," Mr. Lane said, along with workforce training to ensure those jobs are filled with well-qualified county residents.
 
As part of his message, Mr. Lane also spoke out against New York State for unfairly saddling counties with what he called New York State's "smoke and mirrors gimmick of real property tax cap legislation," now in its third year, while the State continues to require that State-mandated programs, such as Medicaid, be paid through counties' real property taxes, instead of the broad-based State income tax.

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TCCOG Recommends Panel to Study Municipal Court System

Jan232015
tc court120hThe Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) today, without dissent, endorsed creation of a study panel to review, on its behalf, the current structure and operations of the municipal court system, to identify potential ways to sustain and improve the efficiency of operations and quality of justice provided by the town and village courts.

The action comes at the recommendation of TCCOG's Shared Services Committee, which is charged with considering areas where structural changes may result in greater efficiency and effectiveness.

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