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What to Expect at Tonight’s Cortland Common Council Meeting

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The Cortland Common Council will meet at 7:00 tonight (December 4) over at City Hall, 25 Court Street.

A public hearing will begin the meeting, which will address a local law regarding City Code procedure in Section 300 (zoning). The Council has been attempting to upgrade its zoning laws for about two years now, according to Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin.

The purpose of the hearing is to set a time frame for rental application filing and set a standard for notice to neighboring land-owners. There will also be discussion on removing the question of how many residents the owner will rent to at the time of applications.

Also on the agenda: Consideration and possible adoption of the City’s General Fund budget for next year.

The biggest change within the 2019 budget is the fact that city taxes will go up 3.4%. Mayor Tobin says this is largely due to changes in sales tax revenue at the County level, which are down significantly this year. The anticipated 2019 tax levy for the City of Cortland is expected to be just over $8.8 million.

The City will also announce at tonight’s meeting a $755,678 grant it received from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, under the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, which will help fund the replacement of the water main beneath Clinton Avenue. The funding also includes a hardship loan of just over $1.2 million.

The Council is also expected to officially approve the event application for next year’s Corn Ducky Derby on May 4, 2019.

There will also be some discussion regarding holiday decorations in the City towards the end of the meeting. Mayor Tobin said the City received additional money from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) to cover some of the costs. Exactly what will be put out is expected to be released tonight.

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