UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Utica’s Mayor Robert Palmieri says putting together the fiscal year budget for 2021 to 2022 was expected to be more challenging than past years.
“We started back in the end of February when we kind of realized that this pandemic was going to be real and we made a major amount of initiatives to be very proactive. . . Cutting back on over time, not filling vacant spots, looking as ways of reducing furloughing, looking for incentives for retirements, the retirements not filling those positions. The good thing here is no one, no jobs were lost.” – Mayor Robert Palmieri, (D)-Utica
Because of these cuts, the city’s $72.7 million proposed budget won’t increase taxes. It will only increase their spending by less 1% over the next 13 years. They will also to continue work a number of projects.
“The harbor’s going to happen, the hospital’s going to happen, the development of downtown’s going to happen. Our infrastructure, the fact that we’re able to go with LED lights is just another example of how far the city has come.” – Mayor Robert Palmieri, (D)-Utica
Mayor Palmieri says the most challenging part of this year’s budget was finding a way to keep the city’s services without increasing the tax rate or cutting any jobs.
“How can we deliver the product under these circumstances we’re in. So, difficult decisions in a difficult time.” – Mayor Robert Palmieri, (D)-Utica
The city’s board of estimate and apportionment will have until February 20th to pass the budget. Then the Common Council will have to vote on any changes by March 20th.