UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica's mayor is calling for a two percent tax decrease for the upcoming budget year.
Mayor Robert Palmieri addressed the common council with a proposed spending plan which totals $71.8 million.
The two percent tax decrease follows six consecutive years with a budget surplus for the city.
New this year is extra money allocated for salt for the roadways, and an extra community outreach officer from the Utica Police Department to be stationed at city hall for security purposes.
"That person will be designated to city hall for security reasons, but also to help with some of our other needs that we have whether it be nuisance abatement, meeting with people in this area, and also to provide security for our residents and also for our employees at city hall,” Palmieri said.
The mayor continues to decline to answer NewsChannel 2's question about if he will seek re-election this year. Councilman Joe Marino, also a Democrat, is the first to enter the race.
To see the full budget proposal, head to the city’s website.
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