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City Council Working on Budget
Posted by news on 5/19/2018 6:01:00 AM.

At least four out of the five members of the Watertown City Council are committed to bringing the pending tax hike under the tax cap. According to 7 News, after making a few cuts already this budget season, the city comptroller says lawmakers have to trim a little more than $500,000 to stay under the state's 2.4 percent tax cap. Council members will bring their ideas to the table at next week's budget wrap-up session to find ways to get under the tax cap. The goal is to not have to use more money from the city's fund balance, which is essentially its savings account, to balance the budget. The city is already using $2 million from it in the upcoming budget that's tied for the most since the turn of the century. Council members are hoping to hear from taxpayers at a public hearing about the budget Monday night at 7:30. If council can find a way to be at the tax cap, the comptroller says taxes will go up around $18 for a home assessed at $100,000. Originally it was going to be quadruple that.

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Lawmakers Agree to State Budget
Posted by news on 3/31/2018 8:17:00 AM.

New York lawmakers worked late into the evening Friday before striking a deal on a new State Budget.

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Watertown Fire Department: Why won't city leaders have a work session meeting with us?
Posted by news on 2/9/2018 4:36:00 AM.
The city of Watertown Fire Department says it hasn't been able to book a work session with lawmakers in over five years. And several members of the department tell me they are wondering why City Council is expected to discuss "inventory of trees" at Monday's work session, but won't sit down with them.
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Budget battle looms in city of Watertown
Posted by news on 1/12/2018 4:30:00 AM.
How much should the city of Watertown keep in its so-called 'rainy day' reserve?
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Fightin' tweets: Councilman Walczyk takes to social media to dispute Watertown's alleged budget crunch
Posted by news on 1/11/2018 4:35:00 AM.
A couple of days after major changes were threatened due to a budget crunch in Watertown, a city lawmaker took to Twitter to fire back.
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Lawmakers unanimously pass Jefferson County's 2018 budget
Posted by news on 11/16/2017 3:48:00 AM.
With an unanimous vote, the 2018 Jefferson County budget was passed by lawmakers earlier this week.
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Proposed St. Lawrence County budget could slightly lower property taxes
Posted by news on 11/8/2017 4:06:00 AM.
The budget for the next year is set for St. Lawrence County.
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Lewis County Manager warns lawmakers about upcoming budget
Posted by news on 10/30/2017 4:36:00 AM.
New on the job, Lewis County's Manager had a warning for lawmakers: prepare for a tighter budget this coming year.
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Rep. Stefanik doesn't vote for Trump budget
Posted by news on 10/27/2017 4:30:00 AM.
The North Country's Congresswoman voted against a President Donald Trump-pushed budget Thursday.
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Ogdensburg to reinstate debris-pick-up program, despite its cost
Posted by news on 6/28/2017 4:39:00 AM.
Despite its credit rating being lowered and having to borrow $2 million, the city of Ogdensburg has decided to reinstate a program that was originally cut due to an ongoing budget crunch.

City of Ogdensburg, debris pickup, budget

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