Highway Department Saves Lansing Hundreds of Thousands

Nov212014
hwd garages120Snow plowing and road paving are the kinds of things you expect of a Highway Department.  The Lansing Highway Department excels in those.  But a positive attitude, pride in their work, and a willingness to try a variety of things has involved the Highway Department in a number of projects that aren't exactly connected to Lansing's more than 93 miles of road.  And that work saves hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that otherwise would have been outsourced to contractors.

"We've had may highway superintendents ask us how we get our guys to do all that kind of stuff," says Highway Superintendent Jack French.  "They say, 'There's no way my guys would do that.'  We just ask them.  They enjoy doing different things, and we're lucky.  We've got the guys that are knowledgable.   We've got plumbers and maintenance people who have done it in the past and they enjoy doing it."

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Motor Equipment Operator Position Open

Nov212014

Motor Equipment Operator Position Open

 

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The Village of Lansing has an opening in our Department of Public Works for a Motor Equipment Operator.  A valid NYS Commercial Driver's License, Class A or B, is required.  Applications for the position must be completed online at http://www.tompkinscivilservice.org. A complete job description can also be found online. Compensation is $17-$21/hr depending on experience. All applications must be submitted by December 1st.   Interviews will start 12/4/14 for the most qualified applicants.
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$6.45M School Project Will Cost No Additional Taxes

Nov212014
schools 120Lansing School District residents will vote on a $6,450,000 capital project Tuesday, December 9th.  School Business Administrator Mary June King the SMART (Security, Mechanical, Architectural, Reconstruction, Technology) project will include work in almost all school campus buildings, and will not cost taxpayers any additional taxes.

"People have a hard struggle getting their mind around how it can not cost us anything additional," said King in a Board Of Education meeting last week.  "It's not costing us nothing.  It's costing us something.  It's just not costing us more dollars than we're currently spending."

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County Legislature Highlights

Nov212014

County Legislature Highlights

 

tc leg120Legislature Adopts 2015 Tompkins County Budget
After two months of budget deliberations, the Tompkins County Legislature adopted the County's 2015 budget and its capital program for the next five years.  Although there was discussion, the Legislature ended up making no changes to the recommended budget before it was passed.

The $180.8 million budget, with $83.5 million in local dollar spending increases the County tax levy by 2.5% and decreases the countywide average tax rate by 0.45%.  The recommended tax rate of $6.86 per thousand represents an increase of $8.67 for the median-valued $165,000 home.  Since the increase is below the adjusted 3.14% State property tax cap, the amount will be returned to the homeowner under the State's new property tax freeze law.  For 2015, the County solid waste fee will also decrease by $4.00, to $52.00 per household.

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State Tax Collections Remain Strong

Nov212014

State Tax Collections Remain Strong

 

albany2 120Year-to-date state tax collections of $38.4 billion were $14.4 million lower than projected in the most recent Financial Plan update, but more than $1.6 billion above initial projections from the Enacted Budget Financial Plan. The state has also collected nearly $3.5 billion from financial settlements since the budget was enacted, according to the October cash report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

"The state's cash position remains strong from higher than initially projected tax collections and billions in extraordinary settlement revenue," DiNapoli said. "As the 2015-16 Executive Budget is prepared, it is important to separate non-recurring from recurring resources and use both responsibly to maximize the benefits for New Yorkers. Recent improvements in the state's financial position should not be compromised by increasing our dependence on non-recurring resources."

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Ithaca Anti-Fracking Conference Attracts 200

Nov212014

Ithaca Anti-Fracking Conference Attracts 200

 

gaswell 120You don't have to be fracked to get fracked.   Millions of New Yorkers are in the bulls-eye of a burgeoning oil and natural gas transport/delivery infrastructure currently under construction across the Empire State.  But most of us don't even know it...yet.

"All companies in the oil and gas industry agree that the name of the game right now is rolling out as much infrastructure as quickly as possible," said David Slottje, an internationally renowned environmental lawyer and activist at an all-day conference at Ithaca College examining the industrial build-out associated with fracking.  The conference was convened by the Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking's Collateral Damage.

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Committee Explores EnergizeNY Prrogram

Nov212014

Committee Explores EnergizeNY Prrogram

 

electricpole120The Planning, Energy, and Environmental Quality Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature today responded enthusiastically to a presentation from EnergizeNY Finance, the entity established by New York State to operate the State's property assessed clean energy (PACE) program.

The PACE program, approved by the State in 2009, offers low-cost long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, supporting up to the entire project cost, for owners of non-residential properties, with repayments collected by the municipality through a charge on the tax bill.

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