OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Common Council has agreed on a budget proposal for 2016.
The council will present a budget with a 1.6 percent tax hike later this month.
That’s 1.6 “pending proofing,” the city chamberlain explained following Saturday’s marathon budget workshop.
Councilors gathered at City Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday and began dissecting several departments’ budgets. At two previous workshops, that had made sizeable cuts to the mayor original proposed spending plan.
Saturday’s workshop ended around 5:30 p.m.
Councilors had sliced the tax hike to just below 5 percent just before 5 p.m.
However, they decided to trim some more.
They then cut more funds from the Harborfest overtime budget lines of the fire, police and DPW among other cuts.
The council will finalize the budget proposal and then schedule a public hearing on the plan later this month.
A special council meeting will probably be called for Aug. 31 for the full council to vote on the budget as the deadline to adopt a budget for the city is Sept. 1.
Less than a half dozen members of the public attended Saturday’s budget workshop.