City Budget Director gives clarification on $700,000 budget gap

Utica Common Council met on Monday night, and on the agenda was the $700,000 budget gap in last years numbers.

Posted: Mar 19, 2018 10:37 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2018 10:39 PM

UTICA- Utica Common Council met on Monday night, and on the agenda was the $700,000 budget gap in last years numbers.

The council decided to push the vote to Tuesday night because they need a unanimous vote for topics like this and one councilmember was absent.

City Budget Director, Heather Mowak commented on the $700,000 budget gap, saying its not a mistake like people have been calling it. She described it as an estimate. "There was indication given that there was a $700,000 mistake in a budget, in a budget for retirement, that budget for retirement was an estimate," she said. She went on to say nothing is set in stone, and there are other variables that need to be considered.

Some councilmembers disagreed with what Mowak had to say. "You'd have to ask her why $700,000 is an estimate and not a mistake. I agree to disagree with her on that, I think $700,000 is a pretty bold move to make on a budget," said Councilmember Joe Marino.

The topic was sent to committee, to discuss at Tuesday nights meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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