Budget hearing tonight at Common Council


A public hearing on the proposed $45.7 million 2020 city budget is scheduled for 6:50 this evening before Rome Common Council meets.

The budget proposed by Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo would increase city spending by $1,118,395 over the 2019 plan. The plan applies about $1.9 million of the city’s fund balance to plug the gap between the city’s estimated 2020 revenues and expenses.

City taxes and water and sewer rates would be unchanged, while the budget includes an expected 4 percent increase in sales tax revenue.

Council then holds its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Among other matters on the council’s agenda is authorizing the mayor to enter agreements with the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund over remediation of several properties either in foreclosure or under consideration.

The city is owed taxes and would like to foreclose, but doesn’t want the liability and will pay 50 percent of the eventual sale price it receives.

The fund is used by the Department of Environmental Conservation to pay for cleaning up oil and other spills, and receives money from fees on storage tank registration and barrels of petroleum imported to the state, as well as seeking reimbursement from responsible parties.

Also before council:

• Sale of city-owned parcels at 109-111 Myrtle Street and 8015 Lauther Road.

• Accepting a donated steel sculpture by Nell Harrison Russell, currently in front of 200 Maple St.


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