The Utica Common Council Finance Committee is holding community input meetings on the proposed 2016-2017 City Budget. Eyewitness News reporter Nicole Todd was at the South Utica neighborhood meeting this evening.
“We felt it was important for us to come out to the community and to give the community an opportunity to hear what we have to say to get info from that might be valuable to us over our deliberation over the budget,” said Edward Bucciero, Chairman of the Finance Board.
With four official community meetings throughout the city regarding the proposed city budget, councilman Edward Bucciero says this gives the Board an opportunity answer questions the community has regarding what concerns people…including, police and fire protection, roads and lights.
“This is the product that government provides so that’s what they’re most concerned about. And our job is to provide the maximum amount of services that we can within a reasonable budget amount. So that’s where the rub lies, trying to balance out those two opposing forces,” Bucciero said.
January 15th, department heads had to submit their estimates of their budgets. Then Mayor Robert Palmieri has to provide the budget at the first Estimate and Apportionment meeting. The E and A Board has until February 20th to pass the budget to move it to the Common Council. In the meantime the Finance Board is asking the questions they can until they receive the budget.
“We have the North Utica Association meeting where we will present the budget to that meeting and we have the East Utica and West Utica one on top of the workshops we do in City Hall with all the department heads,” said Samantha Colosimo-Testa.
The Common Council has until March 20th to make a decision on the 2016-2017 Utica City Budget while trying to stay within the limitation and paying their expenses.