Posts Tagged "2013 Budget"

Press Conference: 2013 Preliminary Budget

Please be advised that the Common Council will be holding a press conference in the Common Council Chambers on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

The Common Council will be announcing the proposed amendments to the Mayors Preliminary 2013 Budget.

The Common Council Chambers are located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza).

Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage.

 

Public Hearing Rescheduled: Proposed 2013 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, the Public Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. has been postponed  and the Common Council Public Hearing will now be held on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments purpose of receiving comments on the proposed 2013 Budget.  A copy of the proposed budget is available for viewing in the City Chamberlain’s Office, First Floor, Monday through Friday,8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public Hearing: Proposed 2013 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments purpose of receiving comments on the proposed 2013 Budget.  A copy of the proposed budget is available for viewing in the City Chamberlain’s Office, First Floor, Monday through Friday,8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public Hearings: 2013 Budget

Public hearings for the proposed 2013 Budget will take place on:

  • November 5, 2012 at 5:30pm
  • November 19, 2012 at 5:30pm

The public hearings will be held in the Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza). Parking is available in the City Hall garage, accessible from Mill Street.  The sessions are open to the public.

Public Hearing: 2013 Proposed Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York, for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed 2013 Budget.  A hard copy of the proposed budget is available for viewing in the City Chamberlain’s Office, First Floor, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mayor: 2013 Budget Will Change Government As We Know It

City projects $3.6 million shortfall

The City of Poughkeepsie, like all municipalities throughout the state and the country is suffering through the most challenging economic conditions since the Great Depression. Mayor John Tkazyik said, “Our taxpayers have been confronted with high unemployment, declining home values, and rising costs of basic necessities such as groceries and gasoline.”
City government has experienced the consequences of the economic malaise as presented by the lag in property tax collection as well as water and sewer bill payments. For the third year in a row, we are seeing home assessment values declining to dramatic lows. City staff has identified over 300 abandoned properties and current expenditures can no longer be supported by diminishing property tax collection, sales tax, and mortgage tax revenue. Furthermore, the problem is compounded by dwindling federal and state subsidies and the availability of grant dollars have become less available.

All economic forecasts project local municipalities will continue to struggle through these challenges for at least the next five years. Doing business as usual is no longer sustainable and the City of Poughkeepsie must continue to change its organizational structure and evolve its service delivery model. Mayor John Tkazyik included, “I am duty bound to address any structural imbalance and provide for an ongoing budget that clearly reflects the revenue and expenses that the current economic conditions will support.”

After a thorough review and discussions with finance staff, my preliminary 2013 budget analysis projects a $3.6 Million shortfall. I have meticulously reviewed the estimated revenues for the 2013 budget and cannot find any possible additional revenue sources without imposing burdensome property tax increases beyond the state mandated 2% tax cap or imposing a radical reduction in City services. Several big factors are compounding our budgetary challenges including rising health insurance costs, increasing retirement payments, the reduction of the city’s share of sales tax, and the uncertainty of four expired union contracts and their corresponding demands. The unfortunate reality is that a tax increase of some form and employee layoffs are inevitable.

A budgetary shortfall of this size requires very difficult and unpopular decisions. Although we have trimmed our workforce from 417 in 2007 down to 367 in 2012 primarily through attrition, our structural imbalance requires deeper cuts and sadly, for the first time during my tenure, there will be layoffs.

I have been meeting with Department Heads to discuss and strategize on how to address the 2013 projected budget shortfall. Every department, every position, every line-item and every service is on the table. Mayor John Tkazyik added, “My goal over the next month is to draft a budget that will have the least impact to both our workforce and the taxpayers, while establishing a sustainable long-term financial foundation for city government.”