Today's Ithaca Journal takes a close look at the costs driving a 10.8% tax levy increase in the Village of Freeville. Costs beyond their control - retirement, workers compensation, and their contracted police coverage from the Village of Dryden - are increasing. Questions about the state budget also make it harder for Freeville to plan its road work. (Update: That levy increase is accomplished through about a 3.6% tax rate increase, and the Journal has a correction on the story's first sentence.)
(In many ways, this echoes the Journal's editorial on school districts and costs.)
There's also a brief noting Teresa Carnrike's person of the year aware from Dryden Sertoma and Monday's Dryden Central School Board meeting, which will be at 7:15pm in the Dryden Elementary School cafeteria.
There's an article on the Dryden-based Tompkins County SPCA's battle with animal abuse.
The Community Business section profiles Wildflowers, a florist in the Village of Dryden.
The Family Fun section notes the Easter Egg Hunt in Montgomery Park on Saturday at 1pm, as well as the McLean Volunteer Fire Department's beginning its fund-raising drive.
The Neighbors section includes updates on the careers of two Dryden residents in the military, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron D. Abb and USMC Lance Corporal Keegan G. Shields.
The print edition also contains tables on when houses were built in the Towns of Groton and Dryden. Very similar data, though broken into owner-occupied and renter-occupied, is available from the Census Bureau's American Fact Finder.Posted by simon at April 7, 2004 8:46 AM in Freeville , public finance