Palmieri Gives 2% Property Tax Increa...

Palmieri Gives 2% Property Tax Increase Memo to Council

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kamakazell

Manlius, NY

#1 Jan 28, 2013
Here comes the bullshit scare tactics from a mayor who just can not govern because he has special interest in public safety. He memoed that Police will lose 20 positions, Fire will lose 20 positions and DPW will lose 15 positions with a 2% property tax increase budget. Same crap from last year and the taxpayers will get the shaft because certain council members will fall for these tactics because they too have special interests in public safety. We need a control board and we need it now. Marino was on the radio this morning running front screen and he is going to flip flop his statement of nothing more than 2%, we taxpayers are in deep shit because the unions own the mayor, the council and the city.
Steve

Utica, NY

#2 Jan 28, 2013
You're correct. Palmieri and common council are afraid of public safety unions, especially the police. Additionally, some of them have friends and family who are cops are firefighters and don't want to tell them what they have to -- no more; if you don't like it, resign and find another job.

The state and credit industry have been warning the city for years they are spending too much money, and employ and overcompensate too many people. Now the chickens are finally coming home to roost and our elected officials refuse to cut back. They will continue adopting substantial tax increases, damaging the city's economy, increasing the city's debt, devaluing private property and reducing our quality of life.

It will end someday. Don't let anyone tell you "nothing will change" because it will. The Soviet Union went out of business and so will the city of Utica. It won't take much longer. Palmieri, Meola, Marino, Testa, etc. are corrupt and all have private agendas -- and don't care about the effects.

Uticans deserve what they get -- and they'll get it, boy will they.
kamakazell

Manlius, NY

#3 Jan 28, 2013
Well folks, I just watched it on WKTV, Palmieri is going to attack the property owners again and use public safety threats like he did last year, could it be he does not want to hurt his 2 sons in law that are on the UPD, you know Colosimo is going to go along with Palmieri becasue she does not want to hurt her husband who is on the UFD. We must realize that many must suffer so a few can gain. Palmieri should resign, this city is a joke.
Stand Up to The Unions

Gouverneur, NY

#4 Jan 28, 2013
How about laying off some off the higher paid employees and replacing them with part timers who won't get the costly benefits like health care and pensions.
Alex

AOL

#5 Jan 28, 2013
Palmieri has 2 sons -in -law in the police dept.
Freebie the Bean

Long Eddy, NY

#6 Jan 28, 2013
Wait till they have a public hearing on the layoffs of the police & fire depts. They will be there in full dress uniforms hooting & hollering saying the street gangs will take over & burn the city to the ground. Russ Brooks will be there with all his service ribbons and citations with a metal brace holding him up. 68 years on the dept.
Utican

Ardsley, NY

#7 Jan 28, 2013
Utica has turned into a joke. Palmieri layer off all those cops and demoted officers last year just to reinstate them. Lay them off and get rid of them. Stop double dipping in the fire department. Maybe the city should have not allowed former employees like Suppa to pad there retirement. What a joke this city is. Stop trying to scare us. The crime is not that bad and even what there is we can take care of it.
kamakazell

Manlius, NY

#8 Jan 29, 2013
Utican wrote:
Utica has turned into a joke. Palmieri layer off all those cops and demoted officers last year just to reinstate them. Lay them off and get rid of them. Stop double dipping in the fire department. Maybe the city should have not allowed former employees like Suppa to pad there retirement. What a joke this city is. Stop trying to scare us. The crime is not that bad and even what there is we can take care of it.
In utica new york you are never going to stop suckholes and rats from gathering the goods because it seems like every person that is elected comes from that same hole in the ground where the suckholes and rats always make out.
Paul

AOL

#9 Jan 29, 2013
Palmieri was a mistake.City is worse than when he took over.
top wage earners

Syracuse, NY

#11 Jan 29, 2013
Utican wrote:
Utica has turned into a joke. Palmieri layer off all those cops and demoted officers last year just to reinstate them. Lay them off and get rid of them. Stop double dipping in the fire department. Maybe the city should have not allowed former employees like Suppa to pad there retirement. What a joke this city is. Stop trying to scare us. The crime is not that bad and even what there is we can take care of it.
Palmieri and Roefaro are identical twins when it comes to public safety. They worked extra hard boosting there pay, perks, and benefits as high as they could get them. I wonder if they were eating cookies when born because they are both crumby mayors. They rather see the taxpayers go down before taking anything away from the cops they helped raise to the cream of the crop in city job wages.
Resident

Herkimer, NY

#12 Jan 29, 2013
I, like most in this city have had enough of the tax increases. Raise taxes do less. I know this for sure, if taxes raise more, I'm selling house and getting what I can now because in another 2 years it won't be with anything. Get out of here now and let the Mayor, ufd, upd all stay and protect nothing. They can have the city to themselves. Bloodsuckers.
Same thoughts

Ardsley, NY

#13 Jan 30, 2013
Resident wrote:
I, like most in this city have had enough of the tax increases. Raise taxes do less. I know this for sure, if taxes raise more, I'm selling house and getting what I can now because in another 2 years it won't be with anything. Get out of here now and let the Mayor, ufd, upd all stay and protect nothing. They can have the city to themselves. Bloodsuckers.
I agree, if taxes go up again now than 2 percent. I'm selling my houses and moving out of this city. We pay more and get less. DPW is a joke they don't plow or salt , summertime the green waste is not picked up for 2-3 weeks. UFD is a bunch of leeches. UPD is a bunch of punks. The city is dirty.
Roefaro worse mayor ever

Syracuse, NY

#14 Jan 30, 2013
top wage earners wrote:
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Palmieri and Roefaro are identical twins when it comes to public safety. They worked extra hard boosting there pay, perks, and benefits as high as they could get them. I wonder if they were eating cookies when born because they are both crumby mayors. They rather see the taxpayers go down before taking anything away from the cops they helped raise to the cream of the crop in city job wages.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli revealed the profile during a news conference Tuesday with Mayor Robert Palmieri at the State Office Building.

The nine-page report portrays a bleak picture of the city’s financial condition.

Among the findings, Utica:

* Has a smaller-than-average tax base.

* Is more dependent on outside aid.

* Spends more on public safety and employee benefits than other cities.

* Is close to using all of its available fund balances.

* The population is poorer and older than the rest of the state.
Jay

AOL

#15 Jan 30, 2013
Julian was no bargain.He raised taxes every year he was in office.
sad but true

Syracuse, NY

#16 Jan 30, 2013
Jay wrote:
Julian was no bargain.He raised taxes every year he was in office.
You just don't get it. Julian raised taxes an average of 7% a year while Roefaro if you add the 10 million dollars he robbed in reserves to pay public safety and the 6 million he borrowed before quitting, Roefaro's average tax increase per year was close to 50% a year. That my friend is a fact if you read DiNaploi's break down and facts. I truely wish I never voted for Roefaro and for that I know have to pay the piper like everyone else.
sad but true

Syracuse, NY

#17 Jan 30, 2013
In 2005-06, the Water Trust had a reported balance of nearly $9 million; however, the City has been spending down this balance since then. During the last three completed years and the current fiscal year to date, the City has made annual transfers to the general fund totaling over $6.7 million. The Water Trust is projected to have a balance of $1.3 million as of March 31, 2012. The proposed budget includes a $661,452 transfer from the Water Trust, further depleting these funds.
With these gap-filling sources unavailable in the future, the City may experience critical cash-flow problems over the next few years. Municipalities that experience such cash-flow issues often
resort to issuance of short-term debt. Given the City’s weakened credit rating, these issuances
will become increasingly expensive.
Bond Ratings and Debt
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the City’s long-term rating to Baa1 from A3 in May 2012, with a negative outlook after a previous downgrade in February 2012. Moody’s cited structural imbalance, ongoing draws on fund balance, weakened liquidity, weak socioeconomic indices and the challenges the City continues to face to restore balanced operations and replenish reserve levels. Moody’s also noted deterioration of Utica’s fiscal condition since 2009 due to the appropriation of reserves and inaccurate budgeting of revenues, and estimates the structural balance gap from 2009 to 2011 at more than $10 million. Fitch Ratings, which also downgraded Utica, expressed concern about the necessity of short-term borrowing as the recent lack of reserve funds has created periodic cash-flow issues.
The City had long-term outstanding debt of $59.7 million at the end of 2011, and had exhausted 55.4 percent of its Constitutional Debt Limit by 2011. This is significantly higher than the median for all cities of 22 percent. Although its outstanding debt of $959 per capita is below the $1,300 median for all cities, its debt burden is actually quite high in relation to the full value of real property in the City (4.0 percent, as compared to the median of 2.8 percent). Utica’s debt service costs in 2012 were 8.4 percent of revenues, the same as the median for the State
Taxpayer

AOL

#18 Jan 30, 2013
Julian started the raid on the water board funds.
Dave

Ardsley, NY

#19 Jan 30, 2013
Robbie needs to cut firemen, police, office staff, get rid of the pt corporation council employees. The city is going to save some
Money not giving the pt benefeits anymore. Why does the fire chief have to drive a 60k dollar SUV. Give him a Prius.
pay more taxes

Syracuse, NY

#20 Jan 31, 2013
Dave wrote:
Robbie needs to cut firemen, police, office staff, get rid of the pt corporation council employees. The city is going to save some
Money not giving the pt benefeits anymore. Why does the fire chief have to drive a 60k dollar SUV. Give him a Prius.
We all know what Robby should do but we all know what he is going to do, raise your taxes to the legal limit. Roefaro already did the deed and handed the UPD&UFD there lucrative contracts which can't even be negotiated until 2015. Roefaro did all he could to hurt taxpayers, the cities bond rating and any course of action that would have benefited or help the city. Roefaro handcuffed and cripples Utica and taxpayers to the point of no return.
Senior

AOL

#21 Jan 31, 2013
The voters voted to place 2 per cent in the fund balance and the council and Palmieri ignored it.They should all be replaced.

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