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Town of Ithaca January 2021 Newsletter

posted Jan 22, 2021, 10:00 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Jan 22, 2021, 10:30 AM ]

Important Tax information for Village of Cayuga Heights Residents

posted Dec 29, 2020, 9:59 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Dec 30, 2020, 11:46 AM ]

While most Town residents (based on an assessed residence value of $300,000) will see a slight decrease in their 2021 tax bill from 2020 that is not true for Town residents in the Village of Cayuga Heights, because of the way that Town Funds are separated into Townwide and Part-Town Funds.

The Town has 2 Highway Funds, one for the 25% of our Highway expenses that all Town residents (including Village residents, pursuant to NYS law) share in, and a separate one for the 75% of expenses that just the Town residents outside the Village are responsible for. 

Because the Village receives from the County a payment of Sales Taxes that is taken from the Town’s share of Sales Taxes, state law says we can only apply our Sales Tax payments from the County to our Part-Town Funds – so that would be our General Part-Town Fund (covering our Planning and Codes Departments) and our Highway Part-Town Fund.  The theory must be that if Village residents are benefitting from a decrease in Village property taxes by the use of a Village’s share of the Sales Tax, then the reduced benefit to the Town property taxes from the reduced share of Sales Tax the Town gets should just go to the Town residents outside the Village.

Unfortunately, over the past few years, we had mistakenly applied some of our Sales Tax money to our General Townwide Fund, so all town residents, including Village residents, were getting the benefit of lower property taxes in that Fund, when that benefit should have been going just to Town residents outside the Village by having the Sales Tax applied to only the Part-Town Funds. 

In reviewing our financials, the State Comptroller alerted us to the fact that we had misallocated the Sales Tax, so in order to rectify that we had to make a one-time adjustment.  Since all Town Residents (including Village residents) benefited from a lower tax rate in the General Townwide A Fund for the past few years, we had to increase the property taxes collected in that Fund for one year to make up for the Sales Tax that had been misapplied to that Fund for the past few years.

Thus in the future we will no longer be applying Sales Tax to the Townwide Fund, and after we have made this readjustment in 2021, the property tax rate in the A Fund (which is about 80% of the Town taxes that Village residents pay) can return to the more normal amount that it had been previously.

As we start to work on the 2022 budget, in the Spring, the Budget Committee will take a close look at the fund balances and the accounts and the implication for all Town and Village residents to the extent that we can do this and follow NYS Comptroller’s Office rules. 

2021 Town of Ithaca Budget

posted Dec 21, 2020, 10:42 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Dec 21, 2020, 10:45 AM ]

Town of Ithaca December 2020 Newsletter

posted Dec 16, 2020, 9:55 AM by Town of Ithaca

Snow Events - Think Parking and Plowing !

posted Dec 15, 2020, 1:10 PM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Dec 21, 2020, 10:41 AM ]

PLEASE think ahead and when at all possible, park off the roads to allow our crews the space and safety to clear the roads.  This protects us, and your car.  If your car is inhibiting snow removal, it may be towed at your expense.  These plows pick up snow and move snow; parking on the street and any damage that could occur from that moving snow is your liability.  Why risk it?!  Work with your neighbors, share driveways for a day, decide on one side of the street to park on when it is absolutely necessary.  We want to get the roads clear for your safe travel. Please help us help you.

Thank you in advance!
the Town Crews

Parks, Trails, Preserves & Recreation - Resident Survey

posted Dec 7, 2020, 7:46 AM by Town of Ithaca

The Town of Ithaca needs your help! How do you use the Town’s existing parks, trails and preserves? Do you participate in any local recreation programs? What would you like our parks, trails and preserves to look like in the future? Did you know we have a community garden on west hill or approximately 215 acres of preserves?

The Town of Ithaca is updating our Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan that was adopted in 1997. The Town is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all residents through an array of wholesome recreational activities that encourage connections to land and nature and that promote health and fitness.

The Town has great pride for its trails, parks and preserves. It desires to revisit what recreational amenities to develop over the next several years. Our goal is to develop a network of trails and to introduce targeted and strategic new recreational initiatives. Planning is the necessary first step in this process so that the potential benefits of its parks, trails, preserves and recreational resources might be fully realized.

We would like to encourage all Town of Ithaca residents and other users of Town recreation facilities to complete an online survey at the following link:

 Recreation Survey

Let us know how you use our current amenities and what you hope might be available in the future. Your collective answers will help guide the Town on updating the plan.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Feel free to forward this to others in the Town.



Michael Smith

Senior Planner

Town of Ithaca

Seeking Logo Designs for our 2021 Bicentennial!

posted Dec 3, 2020, 8:55 AM by Town of Ithaca

The Town's Bicentennial year is 2021 and we are planning different events and specials.  We are hoping some people might be interested in drafting a Bicentennial Logo.  Please see detailed explanation at this link. 

2021 Town Budget Adopted

posted Oct 20, 2020, 1:19 PM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 1:23 PM ]

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