The Cayuga County Legislature took the first steps toward developing its 2020 budget Monday as legislators were presented with a $153 million tentative budget they will spend the next couple months hashing out.
The tentative budget includes $152.90 million worth of appropriations with a tax levy of $41.43 million, up from $149.91 million of appropriations and a levy of $40.61 million in 2019.
Under the tentative budget, although the levy would increase, the tax rate would decrease 0.35%. Budget Director Lynn Marinelli said this was partly due to an increase in assessed property values.
Developed by Legislature Chair Tucker Whitman, R-Sterling, in conjunction with county department heads and Marinelli, the tentative budget is the first step in the process.