Oneida County Board of Legislators go virtual again

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UTICA — In the midst of reviewing the county’s 2021 budget, the Oneida County Board of Legislators is going all virtual because of increasing cases of COVID-19 again after meeting in person since mid-summer.

The board’s Ways and Means Committee will consider amendments to the budget proposed by County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. A virtual public hearing is scheduled fro 6 p.m. Dec. 1.

The public can virtually attend the meeting by calling Mikale Billard, clerk of the Oneida County Board of Legislators, at 315-798-5404, to be provided a meeting identification number and password. Public comments will be accepted during the hearing through videoconference. Written comments can also be provided via email before and during the meeting to mbillard@ocgov.net. Written comments may also be submitted by mail to Mikale Billard, Oneida County Board of Legislators, 800 Park Ave. Utica, NY 13501, until Dec.2.

Picente’s budget proposal calls for reducing spending about $5 million from 2020 to $434.1 million, with no increase in the county tax levy.

Salaries of board members will remain steady at $16,000 each, $22,000 for the majority and minority leaders and $28,000 for board chairman.

The proposed budget is on the county’s website, ocgov.net and available by calling 315-798-5404.

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