Cortland County is in a vicious cycle of taxing and spending more each year. It is unaffordable.

In 2017, Cortland spent $133 million. Neighboring Chenango County – with almost the same population – spent merely $89 million. Nearby Tioga and Madison Counties have higher populations but spend half as much.

Now, Cortland County politicians want to increase spending and taxes again. This approach isn’t making Cortland a more welcoming place for families and businesses. It’s only driving them away.

It’s time for Cortland County to stop kicking the can down the road, and avoid a tax hike this year.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Cortland County spends far more per person than neighboring counties. In fact, Tioga and Madison Counties have more residents than Cortland but spend half as much.
  2. The Cortland County Legislature is considering increasing taxes and spending despite having a budget much larger than other regional counties.
  3. The median income earning family of four in Cortland is only left with 5% of their $44,768 annual earnings after taxes and basics. They can’t afford more costs.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Make Your Voice Heard at a Public Hearing on the Cortland County budget:
  • Thursday October 26, 2017, 6:00PM
    • Cortland County Office Building
    • Cortland County Auditorium
    • 60 Central Ave, Cortland, NY 13045
  • Contact Your County Legislator – Call or email your County Legislator and tell them to say no to any new tax increases in the 2018 Budget.
  • Sign Up Below to send a message to the Cortland County Legislature that you oppose any new tax increases: