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City Tax Increase Down to Under 2%, Workers’ Comp Being Negotiated with County

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Cortland Common Council met last night (October 16) and announced several points of progress made over the course of recent weeks.

Budget

The board unanimously moved to accept a tentative 2020 budget that now includes modifications over the original draft that reduce a proposed 8.4% city tax increase to now less than 2%. The exact figure is still being calculated.

A substantial portion of the original spending plan was cut down through more than $500K in cumulative changes. Councilmembers said they were largely able to do without affecting essential operational costs within the various departments.

(see a descriptive list of budget changes at the bottom of the page)

What’s left is a proposal that will now be taken to a mandatory public hearing before an official adoption is then taken.

The public hearing is scheduled to lead off the first meeting next month on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Workers Compensation

Mayor Brian Tobin also indicated progress has been made regarding negotiations on a new county-wide workers compensation plan.

The city is one of several municipalities that have recently threatened to leave the shared plan, over complaints about its price efficiency and the county’s willingness to shop around for better options.

According to Tobin, county leaders now say they’re willing to explore these alternatives.

Several conversations on the matter have already taken place in recent meetings of the County, City, Towns, Villages & Schools (CCTVS) Committee and another meeting is scheduled for today (October 16).

Recycling Center

Leading off last night’s meeting was a presentation on changes to be made at the county recycling center beginning January 1.

Speaking to Council were Recycling Coordinator Renee Parks and Highway Superintendent Charles Sudbrink, who advised there will be changes to the way residents prepare their recyclables for pickup & distribution.

One of the key changes will be the removal of glass and other presently allowed items from the list of those accepted at the center, largely a result of their negligible value as reuse materials.

Municipalities will soon have to decide whether they’ll pick these up separately or ask residents to bring them to an alternative location.

Expect more details on these changes and more in the coming weeks.


Descriptive list of amendments to tentative 2020 City Budget:

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