In an unexpected move Tuesday night, the Cayuga County Legislature passed the 2018 budget, although not unanimously.
The budget, which is typically passed in December, includes a 2 percent increase in the tax levy, though that’s under the state tax cap. The county will use approximately $580,000 of its fund balance to balance the $146,430,725 budget. The tally was 10-4 in favor with one legislator absent.
Legislators Mike Didio, Joe Bennett, Andy Dennison and Tucker Whitman voted against passing the budget, and Legislator Ryan Foley was absent.
Bennett said he could not support a tax increase when the county’s “coffers” seemed to be full. He wanted to see taxes kept at a flat line.