Tax and rate increases highlight proposed 2018 budget for City of Oneonta

City lawmakers in Oneonta met Monday evening for a regularly scheduled Common Council meeting to discuss 2018 budget.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 12:25 AM

ONEONTA, NY - City lawmakers in Oneonta met Monday evening for a regularly scheduled Common Council meeting.

The hot topic? The 2018 city budget.

The proposed budget of $22,005,289 is less than the previous year's budget according to City Manager George Korthauer, who presented it to the council and the mayor.

Korthauer says the budget is balanced and contains no deficit spending. It calls for the city to maintain current staff levels and city services.

Unfortunately for city residents it also contains a 3% tax increase, as well as a 5% increase on water and sewer rates.

Some council members wanted to know why these increases were included in the budget proposal, if this year's budget is less than the 2017 budget.

"That's a good question" says Mayor Gary Herzig.

"None of us have had ample time to review the budget. It's the city manager's proposed budget. The council nor myself have had enough time to review it to answer those questions. That's why it's important that we take the time to answer them before we approve an additional 3 % increase to the taxpayers of the city of Oneonta."

The council decided to further discuss the proposed city budget at the upcoming Finance/Human resources meeting this coming Monday.

Mayor Herzig says they would like to have a budget finalized by the December 5th Council meeting.

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