ROME, N.Y. -- The mayor of Rome brings his budget proposal before city council. It's a $40 million plan and it stays under the property tax cap increase, calling for a 1.6 percent jump.
For residents living in the outer district, that amounts to an increase of about $20 a year for a home valued at $100,000. It's $30 for people living in the inside district. The City of Rome has two different tax rates depending on where you live and what services you get.
Mayor Joe Fusco says, for the most part, the budget is dictated by things you can't change, like retirement, health care and contractual obligations. From there, he says you start working your way backward.
"It's the extra stuff. You know, a lot of times, we'll, we've gotta have, you know, like, we cut back on the amount of salt we're buying. We cut back on the potential overtime in the budget. You know, a lot of times, that money never gets used. But in a situation where you need it, it needs to be there," said Fusco.
Along with some water filtration projects, the budget also calls for the addition of three new plow trucks. Fusco says the current fleet is getting too old.