Roefaro dug hole for taxpayers to dee...

Roefaro dug hole for taxpayers to deep and infinite

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Taxpayer

United States

#1 Dec 18, 2012
Utica debt holds many years of double digit tax increase to get out of hole Roefaro and his rubber stamp administration has dug. I don't know how Roefaro expected to ever pay back it's 8 million dollar debt with decreasing tax base with decreseing population and revenues but that may hold the key to him quitting and leaving taxpayers holding the bag. Utica's financial situation was quoted as dire last year by Palmieri and council and is only looking catastrophic in this up coming year. Homeowner and taxpayers need to prepare for this reality the mortician and undertaker left behind for you to face alone with absolutely no concrete answers on how to deal with our own fiscal cliff that will certainly force resident to chose between food, medicine and other necessities. good luck Utica doomsday came early for your city as even the state faces there own challages but your last mayor nailed to final nails in many a coffins for cash strapped homeowners.
your phucked

United States

#3 Dec 19, 2012
your phucked wrote:
Roefaro fucked your small city for life. Taxpayers are fucked. He spent all your money and more in the worse recession since the great depression. Where did Roefaro get his common sence a cracker jacks box. Stick a fork in Utica it's done, bankrupt, finished, comeput, vamused, all but taken off the map.
Sad but so true.
proof in the pudding

United States

#5 Dec 19, 2012
THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF SANTAFARO"S GENOROSITY WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY AND WATER BOARD FUNDS AND HIS POLICIES UTICA STILL IS SUFFERING FROM. THANK DAVE ROEFARO FOR NOTHING

“Our medical costs last year was $10 million,” he said.“So, even at 5 percent, which is reasonable, that’s the tax cap right there.”

Three of the city’s four unions – police, fire and CSE A— are under a health care agreement with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, while the Public Works Department has its own agreement.

“If we were able to pool those costs, we’d save a lot of money,” Meola said.

The agreement covering three unions does not expire until 2015 and the police and fire unions have said in the past that they have no intention of renegotiating that agreement before it expires.

That could leave the door open for the council or the mayor to cut more positions, something that both unions suffered last spring.

The police department is operating at or close to its bare minimum and further cuts potentially will endanger public safety, said Sgt Dominick Nitti, head of the police union.

“There are certainly rumors of cuts, but there always are,” Nitti said.“How are we going to keep the city safe if we can’t keep ourselves safe?”

Robert Wenner, president of the fire department’s union, did not return calls for comment.

The city needs to find a way to come up with a balanced budget without cutting services, said Minority leader Rocco Giruzzi, R-3.

“I’m not looking to cut services because that won’t really resolve anything,” he said.“If they can come up with a balanced budget that’s within the two percent cap, I’m all for it, but I don’t want to cut services.”

On the bright side, the city’s deficit for next year’s budget should not approach the $8 million hole it faced earlier this year.

But it’s still going to be significant.

The budget does not have to be passed until the spring, but department heads and the Common Council are working behind the scenes to get a good idea of what the city will be facing in 2013-14.

Last year, the Common Council passed a $63 million budget with a 9.9 percent property tax increase. With retirements and layoffs, the city has approximately 70 fewer workers than it did a year ago.

Several council members have stated publicly that they want to keep the budget within the state’s 2 percent property tax cap but privately admit that will be a difficult task.

Based on his estimates, the city is facing between a $3.8 million and $4.2 million budget hole and will have to look for more cuts, said Council Majority Leader Frank Meola, D-at-large.

“Realistically, it’s the only thing left in the budget,” he said.“We need to make sure we only purchase exactly what we need.”

Given that the city is facing perennial increases in health care and pensions, the city will have to take a hard look at each department’s budget, said Mayor Robert Palmieri.

“Everything is on the table,” he said.

The tax cap

As of now, the city should be within or slightly under its budget this year, said Budget Director Peter Fiorillo.

“We’re on pace, but we’re really hoping for a mild winter,” he said.

But staying within the state-mandated tax cap will be very difficult without substantial cuts.

The tax cap actually is a cap on the city’s tax levy, the amount of property tax it levies each year. So, even though the city’s budget last year was $63 million, its tax levy was $25.3 million.

At 2 percent, not taking into account some deductions that might be available, the maximum increase under the cap is less than $500,000.

The unions

Fiorillo did not have the final numbers for the city’s health and retirement contributions but noted that with even a 5 percent increase in the city’s medical costs, it was going to exceed the tax cap.

“I’m not looking to cut services because that won’t really resolve anything,” he said.“If they can come up with a balanced budget that’s within the two percent cap, I’m all for it, but I don’t want to cut services.”
Joy

AOL

#6 Dec 19, 2012
Roefaro ruined the city.
proof in the pudding

United States

#7 Dec 19, 2012
Union and perenniel increases given by ROEFARO ARE TAXPAYERS 2% TAX INCREASE PER YEAR if NOT MORE!!! HIS affects on Utica's taxpayers will be felt for years to come and you wonder why he quit. He stole and the taxpayers money and ran.

Fiorillo did not have the final numbers for the city’s health and retirement contributions but noted that with even a 5 percent increase in the city’s medical costs, it was going to exceed the tax cap.

“I’m not looking to cut services because that won’t really resolve anything,” he said.“If they can come up with a balanced budget that’s within the two percent cap, I’m all for it, but I don’t want to cut services.”
more of the same

Tully, NY

#8 Feb 17, 2013
Tax increases for you and your children and your childrens children continue well after Roefaro quits after tapping out Uticas financial reserves and leaving it an 8 million dollar debt.
followin roefaro playbook

Tully, NY

#9 Feb 17, 2013
The agreement covering three unions does not expire until 2015 and the police and fire unions have said in the past that they have no intention of renegotiating that agreement before it expires.
Tax payer

Tully, NY

#10 Feb 18, 2013
Blowing taps for Utica taxpayers. Nothing is re-negotiable while Roefaro was digging your graves to put you in poverty for public safety. Palmieri is following the same footsteps down the valley of darkness as your family sacrafises for a few hundred public safety empolyess and the freinds and family plans. Utica is doomed as well as every business here.

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