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Welcome to Caroline, NY

Caroline is a small town with a unique character and strong sense of community. It's a town where people care about others, where community events are a big part of community life. We're located just southeast of the Town of Ithaca. The area is made up of beautiful rolling hills, farms, and several small communities. The Town of Caroline is home to more State forest land than any other town in Tompkins County.
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Tentative Budget for 2015

The Caroline Town Board was presented, by Supervisor Don Barber, a Tentative Budget for 2015 that exceeds the property tax cap (PTC). Caroline has four separate budgets.  General and Highway exceed the PTC while Lighting and Fire District do not.

The General budget tax levy exceeds 2014 levy by $115,000. The actual growth in program spending is $14K, under the 2% PTC.  The remaining increase is to offset having $36K less savings to reduce tax levy than used in 2014 and raising $65K to build reserves for Town Barn replacement ($61.5K was raised last year to pay off office building bond). The budget includes payment for construction of broadband infrastructure at $193,750, with matching revenue resulting in no net cost to the tax payers.

The Highway tax levy increase of $144K is a result of $60K increase for equipment purchase, adding labor for succession training, and predicted far above inflation increase in materials like salt and asphalt.

The resulting tax levy increase for all four funds is $194K (14.6%).  For average Caroline property of $140K property, this results in a 2015 tax bill of $980 ($107 increase).

Supervisor Barber stated to the Town Board, “I am presenting a budget with no program growth offset by an amount of savings that seems sustainable for future years.  This budget is the product of the NY State’s taxation policy of unfunded mandates and reduced revenue sharing coming to roost at the local level. The choice is to maintain or pare away basic services.  The Tentative budget chooses to maintain services.

However as painful as this levy growth is, there looms a much bigger expense on the near horizon.  Our volunteer ambulance will most likely not renew their contract in 2016 due to lack of staff.  Creating local professional services will increase the levy approximately $400K or roughly 25%. Contracting with the private sector, if available, will delay response time significantly, but should cost less than the local option.”

The Town Board has scheduled budget work sessions which are open to the public on these dates and time is October: 13 at 6 PM, 15 after Town Board meeting ~8:30 PM, 23 at 6 PM, and if needed 29 at 6 PM.

Tentative budgets attached:

Tentative Budget 2015 Summary.pdf

Tentative Budget 2015 Street Lighting.pdf

Tentative Budget 2015 Fire and Safety.pdf

Tentative Budget 2015 Highway.pdf

Tentative Budget 2015 General Fund.pdf

Maintaining Your Private Well – Free Class Oct 22nd

Private Wells: What Homeowners Need to Know

A free consumer education class for residents with private drinking water wells

When: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014;  6:30-8:30pm

Where: 4-H Acres, Kiwanis Hall,  418 Lower Creek Road,  Ithaca, NY 14850

Do you know how to care for, protect, and maintain your private well?  Find out what to do to protect your well and your health.

A panel of experts from the Tompkins County Health Department, the Community Science Institute, and Cornell Cooperative Extension will answer your questions and cover: how private wells work, how to protect and maintain your well, how contamination occurs, water testing, and solutions to common problems. POSTER for this event.

Free, open to the public.  Please call CCE to register (so we have sufficient materials):  (607) 272-2292

Board Meeting Agenda for Wed Oct 15th 2014

Salute to the Flag (7:00)

Privilege of the Floor: Opportunity for citizens to bring forward matters of concern     

Please be prepared to make one statement not to exceed 3 minutes in length

Highway Superintendents Report (7:20)

Supervisors Report – (7:25)

County Representatives Report (7:30)

Department, Committee, & Liaison Reports (7:35)

Discussion and Action Topics


Protecting Caroline’s Drinking Water, Part 2

Join the Town of Caroline Aquifer Protection Committee for the second educational forum by Steven Winkley, New York Rural Water Association

Part 2: Protecting our water supply

Tuesday October 21, Brooktondale Fire Hall, 786 Valley Rd, 7- 9 pm

This session will discuss various threats to water quality and water quantity, giving examples of problems from other rural regions of NY State, and will identify some methods to protect the water supply from these hazards.

2015 Tentative Budget

October 7, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 13, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 15, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 23, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 29, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
Please take notice on the following dates the Caroline Town Board will be discussing and working through the 2015 Town of Caroline tentative budget at the Historic Town Hall, 2670 Slaterville Rd., Slaterville Springs – Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m. (immediately following the Agenda Meeting);  Monday, October 13th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 15th , 7:00 p.m. (immediately following the Business Meeting); Thursday, October 23rd 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 29th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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