Tioga County Treasurer James McFadden has released the details of the county’s 2011 tentative budget.
The $68.8 million spending plan is calling for a property tax levy increase of around 2 percent.
The tax rates of each town are varied and set by the state. The largest increase would be seen in the Town of Richford, where property taxes are set to go up by 21 percent under the terms of the tentative budget.
Barton, Berkshire, Newark Valley and Spencer residents would see between 3 and 11 percent hikes next year while those in Nichols, Owego and Tioga would see decreases in their taxes, according to the treasurer’s office.
Legislators are planning on using nearly $5 million from their reserves to help balance the mandatory health and pension cost increases for next year. The tentative spending plan is available online at www.tiogacountytreasurer.com.
A public hearing to discuss the budget will be held next Tuesday at 6pm in the county office building.
A woman who once lived in Endicott and Owego was found murdered in Michigan over the weekend.
The body of 33-year-old Lynn Spicer was recovered in a vacant lot in Bay City, Michigan, according to police. Her boyfriend has been charged with the crime.
22-year-old Jeff Julian has pled not guilty to murder charges. Police say they discovered the man digging up Spicer’s body, three months after he reported her missing.
Julian is due back in court Tuesday. He faces a sentence of 10 years to life if convicted.
Spicer was a mother of three. Police are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine how she died.
Spicer’s family has set up a memorial on Facebook in the hopes that it raises enough money to bring the woman’s remains home for burial.
Owego Police Chief Rick McCulskey reported on the results of a parking survey at Monday’s village board meeting.
The most popular suggestion would be to have employees and owners of downtown businesses park somewhere outside of the village. Another popular suggestion was to enforce a three-hour limit on all downtown parking spaces. The ideas will be discussed more at the next village board meeting.
Also Monday, trustees defeated a local law that would have prohibited the use of tobacco products in public places by a vote of three to two and Fire Chief Ed Bidwell says the department has taken care of all the state violations that were discovered earlier this year.
Mayor Ed Arrington was absent from the meeting.
After winning the Section 4 championship on Friday, the Owego girls’ soccer team will begin the state playoffs with a regional game against Section 1 champion Rye at 4:30pm today at Union-Endicott High School.
Owego beat M-E on penalty kicks Friday to win the program’s first-ever sectional title. The Indians are led by Lexi Hilliker, who has 23 goals, and goalie Brittany Rando, who has posted 12 shutouts this year.
Rye is undefeated through 20 games and ranked No. 1 in the state’s Class A.
Vestal will play North Rockland at 7pm at U-E while Chenango Forks will take on Bronxville at 6pm in Binghamton.
The winners of all three games will face the Section 9 champions in the state quarterfinals on Saturday.