Utica residents on the passing of the city budget

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Common Council has voted to eliminate 12 positions from the Utica Fire Department, 12 positions from the Utica Police Department and increase taxes 9.9 percent.

How do residents feel about the new budget?

"What can you do about it? The city is in a hole and they need to get out of it and there is only one way to do it," said Charles Casullo of Utica. "You have to pay the taxes, that is all there is to it."

"I am really not happy about them cutting the Utica Fire or Police Department because of the situation the city is in," said Bob Kinsella of Utica. "With the high crime areas, I think they should have been kept and found other methods to save money."

"The way the city is with crime and everything else, to cut fire and police, I think it makes it harder on the men that are left," said Dennis Waszkiewicz of Utica.

"It kind of hurts. I am kind of feeling bad about where he decided to take the money from police and fire. Those are our main staples," said Tom Maggi of Utica. "As this economy gets really tough, times are going to get worse and we are going to need protection."

Mayor Robert Palmieri had originally proposed an 18% tax hike, but it was an amendment passed by the Utica Common Council that cut that rate in half.

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