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The Public Hearing for the 2012 Preliminary Budget for the Town of Tompkins was called to order at 7:00pm by supervisor Layton in the Town meeting room.


  1. William Layton – Supervisor
  2. Howard Buttel – Councilperson
  3. Tim LaTourette – Councilperson
  4. Peggy Backus – Councilperson
  5. Carl Stuendel – Councilperson


  1. Ronald VanValkenburg – Hwy Superintendent
  2. Michelle Phoenix – Town Clerk
  3. Nancy Roberts – Bookkeeper to the Supervisor
  4. Luther Higley

Pledge to the flag was led by LaTourette



Nancy Roberts commented that she had received the Town of Tompkins Fire District and the Town of Hancock Fire Budget and their budget was added.

Ron VanValkenburg questioned the decrease of $45,000 in the highway fund for crushed gravel and questioned where that money will come from for 2012. Layton stated that this expense had not been mentioned in the tentative or preliminary budget meetings and consequently it was not in the current budget.

On motion by Layton, seconded by Stuendel it was moved to accept the 2012 Preliminary as the Adopted Budget and to place on file.


4 AYE’s ~ Buttel, Stuendel, Backus and Layton

1 Nay ~ LaTourette

Motion Carried.

[Our Adopted Budget is within the “2% Tax Cap” mandated by NY State.  The state permitted additional allowances and when those were added to the 2012 budget, the actual increase over last year’s budget is 2.7 %.   For the summary of the Adopted Budget click here.  For details of the General Fund click here.   For details of the Highway Fund click here.    CFS]

Reading back of the minutes:

On motion by Backus and seconded by Buttel, it was moved to accept the minutes as read back

Vote: All AYEs – Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM

Michelle Phoenix

Town of Tompkins
Town Clerk

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