Residents can weigh in on $43M city budget

Published Oct 10, 2017 at 12:00pm

The Common Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2018 city budget at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, 15 minutes before its regular meeting.

It will also consider legislation to use $600,000 in refuse district reserves to pay for additional demolition at the former Woodhaven housing complex.

The seven-member council will meet in the council chambers at City Hall.

The administration’s proposal for next year’s plan includes an increase in spending, from $42,498,947 this year to $43,180,894. That’s an increase of $681,947.

The tax rates will be the same as they are this year, under the mayor’s plan. The general rate would remain $13.31 per $1,000 in assessed value.

The inside district’s combined rate would remain $20.24 per thousand.

The administration is requesting council permission to reallocate $600,000 in refuse district reserves to use for contract services.

The funds would pay for tipping fees paid to Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority. The initial $1.5 million project cost underestimated the final cost in large part because the extend of asbestos abatement and its cost, noted Public Works Commissioner Butch Conover. Though the city obtained a state grant to cover virtually the entire initial cost, this additional cost will be paid for by the city.

The council will also likely vote to cancel two meetings later this year, as is done annually. The council does not meet on the weeks of Thanksgiving or Christmas, so this year’s meetings to be cancelled will be Nov. 22 and Dec. 27.

The agenda also includes one proposed property sale, though it does not include a rehabilitation agreement.

The proposal is for the sale of 122 E. Embargo St. to Alix, Concha and Peggy Lieb for $500. The 0.05-acre vacant commercial lot is assessed for $1,200, according to city records.