Monday, April 18, 2016

Budget a Non Starter for Council

      A proposed City budget carries a nearly 15% increase in the tax levy, resulting in a rate increase just shy of 12%., according to   budget documents obtained by WWNY and confirmed to me by Councilwoman Macaluso.
      The $42M General Fund spending plan has been delivered to Council and faces a rocky future as it appears there are not the votes to pass a tax cap override also being proposed.
      Raises for management of 2.5% are included and that includes lawmakers.  Funding for CAPC and crow hazing is out.
       The proposal is especially vexing as beginning last December the city started collecting its share on the quarter point bump in sales tax and that would mean an extra $1.1M a year in revenue.  The mild winter and declining pension rates also should help the equation.
       Of course it will take a closer look to see where the easy cuts to levy are, but I was surprised Council didn't call ahead for a tax rate within the cap to be presented.

http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Proposed-Watertown-City-Budget-Calls-For-Nearly-12-Tax-Rate-Hike-376071841.html

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

People losing jobs and they want a 2.5% raise. They wish to impose almost 12% tax levy increase. High salaried Dept. Heads who live outside the COW. The exodus out of the COW continues.

Anonymous said...

The first thing is subtract the raises. The CM and Dept. heads did not keep costs in check. This was unacceptable and should not have been presented to council.

Anonymous said...

Considering those points, how does she expect that to be passed? Spend, spend and spend some more, make sure that her raise is there and push all of the burden to the taxpayers. I really hope council does the right thing tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Would someone please check my math and at 2.5% increase for admin salaries explain why my math does not work out Look at P&R, Sewage and Water?

Anonymous said...

Uncorrected debt service? Someone is doing their job and you want pay increases. You get what you pay for.

Anonymous said...

Never ever heard of you mention a pay raise when it was headed for your pocket. Matter of fact you sent others out to do your bidding on health insurance and pay.

Now the budget differs from two years ago how? Proposed 23% increase and you passed a 10% increase, correct?

Just reconciling your thoughts for you.

Anonymous said...

From years of hearing budgets one thing always sticks in my mind a % is always used for raises, the argument is well the rank and file got this, but 2.5% of a bigger number is just that, go with across the board or merit raises....

Man with empty pockets. said...

Increase like that can only mean one thing. More empty houses that will never sell. Mayor Butler made such a big deal about the empty houses. Time to step up and fix it for good. Stop raising taxes, stop looking for money to spend, and stop going along with the county on these special tax deals. Give us a reason to want to buy a house in Watertown again. I could give a crap if the rentals are not what Jennings thinks they should be. That stuff always gets worked out between the parties who rent, and own the property. No one is suffering. Only the people who have to make up the fall. Or the fail. Next year's election, there is still a big need to make some changes. Plus the none elected top dogs who want more money off our backs, time to put an ad in the papers.

Anonymous said...

Dannie offered the same baloney he usually does with today's Live at Five speech. The fire dept is the single biggest slice of the budget, yet Dan says this is off limits regarding consideration for savings. This is the same philosophy the Liar in Chief uses to run the national debt to $19,000,000,000,000. That's TRILLION for you golfers out there. We have to consider every aspect of the budget if we are to find savings.

Anonymous said...

Please ! Every TAXPAYER in the city of Watertown needs to attend Monday nights city council meeting and voice your disapproval on the tax cap override .If no one shows up they will sneak another 12 Percent tax increase on to of the increase we had to pay last year for the arena . We are all going to end up moving outside the city to escape this madness .

Anonymous said...

This manager and council are a joke including your buddy Macaluso. They could start cutting with the managers position and all her assistants. Next cut off Slye and hire a inhouse city attorney like we used to have. We need essential services police, fire, Dpw, leave those alone and quit funneling cash into arenas and parks, those are not essential

Anonymous said...

I want my streets plowed and maintained, a fire department and police department properly staffed. I could care less about the Taj Mahal ice arena and from talking to my friends and neighbors I am hearing the same thing. Time to quit funding these pet projects and just fund the essentials and start listening to the people who pay taxes here

Jeff Graham said...

444 You really got some issues you can't seem to get over.

Anonymous said...

Sorry no raises, no frills, and keep tax rate at .92%. Whoever votes to pass this hopefully is not reelected.Enough said.

Anonymous said...

Start making the Necessary cuts ( meaning Jobs) and pay raises in the city work force. Eliminate the $ 300,000 city attorney and put the job out for bid, all those assistant managers positions in the city work force gone. They NEED to make CUTS any where they can to keep the runaway taxes in check.They NEED to make the cuts in the the 3 largest areas of the 2016-17 General fund budget.

Anonymous said...

Hot dogs at the arena and will now be priced at $100. Mustard extra. This should shameful.

Anonymous said...

Just the first year of many this ice arena will be haunting the taxpayers of this city! As far as I am concerned, anybody that voted yes for it should be voted out of office(some already have) and the management that pushed it should be gone.
Raises for management while they cut employees is just a slap in the face to every city employee and taxpayer. Addison needs to go!

Anonymous said...

How dare you vote for an ice arena mayor Graham? That kind of money we could have paid for the city fire department for a year.

Anonymous said...

8:41 that was the knockout punch. Look at all the body shots we got hit with in only three years.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

City Manager (again) blames slumping sales tax... yet she fails to mention that JeffCo raised it to 8% and they she recommends eliminating three positions, thus making them unemployed and possibly not spending their money buying local stuff ergo: thus keeping the sales tax return to the City kitty low ... cause and effect folks, cause and effect ... no job, no income per se, savvy shopper and not a penny pincher...

Her salary is $120K - so I'm a guessin' she helps prop up the sales kitty, right and is not a savvy smart shopper like those she proposes to take their jobs away?

Anonymous said...

Too many of the alleged 2.5% raises are more than 2.5%. Why?

Anonymous said...


Just looked over the budget and see that park and recreation wants to add a clerk/typist who job responsibilities would be to manage the concession stand. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? We are going to pay someone to run the concession that is part of Gardner's job. How lazy is this woman? Lets ax this position first thing and then fire her for trying to do an end run around the council mandate that SHE operate the concession. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! Who is allowing all this expansion in P&R. This department is going to kill us taxpayers.