A software service that would help Cayuga County Child Protective Services workers with paperwork and home visits did not make it into the county’s 2018 preliminary budget passed Thursday night after two different attempts to do so.
The approximately $146 million budget remains under the state tax cap, but still includes a 2 percent increase in the tax levy. The draw on the fund balance grew slightly since the body’s first look at the budget in October, but it remains around $550,000.
The largest proposed change to the budget came from Legislator Joe Bennett, requesting about $161,000 to be drawn from the fund balance for the CPS software. Most county legislators said they supported the idea of Northwoods Consulting Partners’s program and how it could help CPS workers conduct more efficient visits, but the fund balance draw caused some concern.