CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Lawmakers in Cayuga County are trying to deal with a budget crunch in the county.
They gathered at the Holiday Inn in Auburn for the state of the county address.
Legislative chairman Michael Chapman says elected officials normally start budget hearings in July, but started the process in January this year.
Chapman believes there may be a slight tax increase.
He says they will be looking to towns, villages and cities within the county to find ways to collaborate and save.
Leaders will also take a close look at county resources.
Michael Chapman, Cayuga County Legislature Chairman said, "We're examining the efficiencies within departments hoping to find more ways to gather some dollars and we're just going to work smarter and work harder on our budgets and I think we will be fine."
CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Leaders give State of the County and City addresses
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AUBURN, N.Y. -- Auburn Mayor Mike Quill also delivered the state of the City address at the event.
Quill says he believes the economy is slowly turning around nationally and in Auburn.
He says the city is better off than it was one or two years ago.
Mike Quill, Auburn Mayor said, "Things are getting better. We still have some difficult financial times just like every other city in New York State. There's a lot of construction, there's a lot of new businesses opening. We're very optimistic about that."
Quill also highlighted infrastructure projects that have been ongoing as well as new residences that are being built in the city.