Planning Commissioner Opposes Natural Gas for Lansing Development

gasOn October 15th County Legislator Mike Sigler, representing Lansing on the Legislature, alerted the Lansing Town Board to a letter by County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx that could negatively impact development on and around Warren Road.  Marx wrote a strongly worded letter urging that current natural gas users reduce their use and that the Energy Committee evaluate the feasibility if switching from natural gas to renewable energy sources.

"I believe this memorandum coming out of the Planning Department will be very detrimental to the Town of Lansing," Sigler said.  "I opposed this at the Planning Committee meeting and will continue to do so."

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County Comprehensive Plan Road Show Comes To Lansing

tccp 120County Plan Moves Toward Completion While The Lansings Struggle With Their Plans

The Tompkins County Planning Department held its fifth of six open houses at the Lansing Town Hall Wednesday to answer questions and receive feedback about its draft Comprehensive Plan update.  The County is nearing the end of a nearly two year process, creating a major update to the plan that guides county officials as they make decisions on growth and development.  Deputy Commissioner of Planning Joan Jurkowich says the meetings are part of an ongoing drive to solicit public input into the document that will craft the county's future.

"We're reaching new people," she says.  "We're quite happy with that.  Largely the people we're seeing now are people we haven't seen before, so that's a success for us.  We're not just hearing the same people saying the same thing."

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County Legislature Highlights


County Legislature Highlights


tc leg120Amendments Adopted to 2015 Tentative Budget
The Legislature formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator’s 2015 Tentative Budget and the Capital Program for the next five years, as recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee.  The vote was unanimous, with Legislator Martha Robertson excused.
The amended budget would increase the County tax levy by 2.5% and decrease the countywide average tax rate by 0.45%.  The recommended tax rate of $6.86 per thousand is about a penny higher than in the Administrator’s budget, representing an increase of $8.67 for the median-valued $165,000 home.  Since the increase would be below the adjusted 3.14% State property tax cap, the amount would be returned to the homeowner under the new property tax freeze law.  The amended budget also includes a $4.00 decrease—to $52.00 per household—in the County Solid Waste Fee.

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