Dr. Roger George of the Albany City School Superintendent's Office
presented materials to address concerns and answer questions that were raised at
response to voter's disapproval in May of the school budget for the upcoming
year, the school board has recommended several reductions which total
$2,637.000. The board has also added
$59,000 for dual language kindergarten class. Therefore, the voters will be
presented with an increase of only $8.0 million rather than the $10.6 that was
on the original ballot. This will
mean a tax rate increase of 5.9 percent rather than 10 percent.
Dr. George provided a list of the programs and items that will be
reduced. Cuts must be made across
the district, not just in certain schools.
the revised budget is not approved by voters on June 22, a contingency budget
will be put into place. It will
eliminate the purchase of equipment, supplies for student use, and the free use
of school facilities by outside groups.
were encouraged reach out to citizens in their neighborhoods to increase the
number o residents who vote on the budget.
Albany City Comptroller Tom Nitido presented an overview of the City of
to other upstate NY cities,
recent years the City has spent a substantial amount on the repair and
replacement of streets. Expenses for
public safety account for 65-70 percent of
spending from the non-general fund is monitored by the comptroller's office.
Police-seized assets are included; those assets are presently being
audited and a report will be published later this month.
managers can request changes to their budget lines.
The Board of Estimate and Apportionment meets every two weeks to consider
those changes. The city's charter
permits changes up to 4 percent.
City has done a good job over the last five to six years of increasing sources
of revenue, but has not been as successful in cutting costs.
Many expenses, however, cannot be controlled.
Capital budgets are prepared for five-year periods, but are only
realistic for the first year.
from the landfill accounts for 10 percent of
City debt is $91 million or $96 per person and only 55-50 percent of the legal
budget does not contain an item specific to the costs of complying with
anti-terrorism standards. It is
contained within the budget for the police and fire departments.
The federal government has been billed for costs related to
anti-terrorism, but payment to cities has been slow.
regard to the use of the Washington Avenue Armory as a new main branch for the
Albany Public Library, the mayor has determined that necessary renovations would
be too costly and that they could only be paid for by increasing taxes.
date the Harriman State Office Campus will be put back on the City's tax rolls
from parking is based on tickets written. It's
too early to tell what revenue can be anticipated from cash collected from
city council has proposed that the comptroller provide a list of running
expenses to them.
necessary to replace police cars every three years and $500,000 per year is
spent purchasing police vehicles. The
city takes advantage of low interest rates for these purchases by only bonding
them for only three years.
is one of the city's largest expenses and is based on contractual agreements.
It is difficult to determine in advance what the expense will be each
Committee on University and Community Relations - Tom
next meeting will be at
on June 9 at the Albany Police Department at
Maxon and Craig Waltz have volunteered to serve and will review last year's
work. Additional members are needed.
CANA Zoning Committee has been reformed and will be meeting later this month.
Mansion Hill Neighborhood Association will sponsor a Neighborhood and Garden
Tour on June 3 from
Admission is $15.00, and free parking is provided.
meeting adjourned at