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Tompkins officials look to reduce spending, share services

Tompkins officials look to reduce spending, share services

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Local officials in Tompkins County are looking to find ways to cut spending and share services between municipalities.

Under a budget passed by state lawmakers earlier this month, local governments are required to cut spending by 1 percent by 2015, and find ways to share services or consolidate departments.

Local officials met last week as part of the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) to discuss ways to do that, but most of the discussion focused on criticizing Governor Cuomo and the state for placing the burden of cutting spending on local governments.

Caroline Town Supervisor Don Barber says local officials need to have a seat at the table.

“The local governments are the ones that are closest to the people, the ones that advocate for the people, and now the state is trying to find a way to drive a wedge between people and their local government,” Barber said. “That’s wrong.”

Ithaca Town Supervisor Herb Engman said local officials need to take a stance.

“I would rather say, Tompkins County is not going to play their silly game, and see if we can get support from other communities.,” Engman said.

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