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Oneida County cost-saving plan would move departments to other buildings

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Some Oneida County offices and departments may soon be changing addresses, but it's all in an effort to cut back on costs.

According to Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, an effort is currently underway to move county government offices out of space that is currently leased by the county and into locations that the county owns at the former Oneida County Airport in Oriskany.

Picente says that the move will save the county several hundred thousand dollars over time.

The Department of Mental Health, the Office for the Aging, and the Board of Elections are among the offices that would be moving. The Oneida County Board of Elections office is already in a county-owned building, but rents space to store their voting machines. Under the new plan, everything would be under one roof.

"It's really a matter of utilizing what we currently own better and captivating those reimbursements on our end, rather than paying out and trying to save in these tough times and with a tax cap that is facing the budget next week," Picente said.

The shuffle will take place over the next six to eight months.

The big moves to the airport will then lead to several moves in downtown Utica, as well, including the District Attorneys Office and Health Department, among others.

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