October 11, 2012

City of Plattsburgh to hold pair of public hearings


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh will hold two public hearings next week, including one on the mayor’s proposed budget.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, the Common Council will hear comments on a proposed amendment to the city code regarding discharges into the wastewater system.

Some changes need to be made in the language of the code as per request from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, but it will not affect what can and cannot be discharged into the system.

Immediately after that public hearing, the council will hear comments on the budget proposal.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak submitted his budget proposal for 2013 on Oct. 1. His plan features an increase in the tax levy of 1.93 percent, which is under the state tax cap.

The plan also calls for the tax rate to stay at $10.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

And it calls for about $2 million of the $4 million fund balance to be used to keep the tax levy low.

There are no layoffs or service cuts planned.

The council has until mid-January to change and finalize the budget. It will hold weekly budget sessions until then, beginning in the next few weeks.

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