Troy Mayor Releases Revised 2017 Budget Proposal with 14.5% Property Tax Increase
TROY, N.Y. -- Troy Mayor Patrick Madden sent a letter to the city council Wednesday, detailing a new proposal for the 2017 budget.
This comes after the city council failed to override the tax cap in November, making Madden's original budget proposal obsolete.
At issue was the proposed tax increase of 28 percent, among other concerns.
In the letter, Madden outlined a new proposal that would reduce the tax increase to 14.5 percent, and keep layoffs at a minimum. He also said the proposed changes included in the new outline includes suggestions made by all city council members.
The proposed reductions include nine layoffs, eliminating five new positions, and not filling seven current vacancies. It also includes 13 positions that would not be upgraded in 2017.
Madden asked the city council to call a special meeting on Monday, December 12 to override the state tax cap and pass a new levy with a tax increase of 14.5 percent.
In response, City Council President Carmella Mantello released a statement:
"I am pleased that Mayor Madden is submitting a revised budget cutting his original 28.2 percent property tax hike in half to approximately 14.5 percent for 2017. This could be a victory for Troy taxpayers! However, the Majority Steering Committee will be reviewing in detail the Mayor's proposal to determine if the numbers add up and are in compliance with the City Charter. Additionally, we have asked the Mayor to provide a list of any individuals that would be laid off and any new positions that are being created. We cannot support creating new positions while at the same time laying off current city employees. We will issue a full statement once we've completed our review and the requisite information is provided by the Mayor."