Oneida Common Council meetings return to City Hall

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ONEIDA — The Oneida Common Council is back on its home turf as meetings have been moved from the Kallet Civic Center to Oneida City Hall. “Welcome home,” Mayor Helen Acker said to the city council at Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s good to be back.”

Some budget transfers and amendments were made to the city’s budget, but City Comptroller Lee Ann Wells said this was good news. “We put $238,107 into the general fund balance,” Wells said, “And that couldn’t have happened without the quick response to the pandemic and making emergency purchases only and department heads doing a great job being fiscally responsible the entire year.”

Oneida’s 2021 budget saw no funds taken out of the fund balance in response to a tough year in the wake of COVID-19 and projected cuts to state aid by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

By keeping a fund balance over 20%, the city of Oneida can keep its credit rating of AA and bond for future projects with a lower interest rate.

“The department heads really did a great job saving the city as much as possible,” Acker said.

“We didn’t know what was going to happen last year and they really tightened their belts. And I really appreciate that we were able to put some money back in. Kudos,” she added.

The next Common Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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