UTICA -- Utica mayor Robert Palmieri spoke with the community and outlined his proposed budget at a forum Wednesday.
Palmieri says interacting with residents at the meeting allowed him to layout the proposed budget and answer any questions regarding it.
The proposed budget is $71.8 million. After six consecutive years of increasing this year's budget comes with a 2% tax decrease. Palmieri spoke about how the city was able to make that happen.
“This year we’ve been very aggressive as we have been marketing products throughout the city,” Palmieri said. “There were two areas that we worked very hard. The Marina which is a city- owned product, and we were able to do … a request for proposal, and we had two great applications and we went with the highest bidder, and along with that with 1900 Bleecker St. which is a former GE building which is dormant, vacant. We were able to get the ability to market that. Between those two, that gave us the opportunity to give the taxpayers a little relief this year.”
Next the budget will go before the common council who has until March 20 to make any changes for the mayor to consider. The common council will meet with different department heads from the city to assess their financial needs and make changes to the budget, accordingly.
Utica's new fiscal year will begin on April 1.