local government http://wrvo.org en Taxes likely to top agenda for governor, state legislature http://wrvo.org/post/taxes-likely-top-agenda-governor-state-legislature <p></p><p>One of the top issues of the 2014 legislative session will be taxes. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to cut taxes, some -- including New York City Mayor elect Bill de Blasio -- want to raise them.&nbsp;</p><p>In a year where Cuomo and all 213 of the state’s legislative seats are up for reelection, it’s not a big surprise that the legislative session would focus on tax cuts.</p><p>Cuomo appointed two tax commissions to study the issue, but even before they were finished, he was already signaling his intentions.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:06:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49231 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County Legislature prepares for upcoming budget vote http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-legislature-prepares-upcoming-budget-vote <p></p><p>The scrimping, saving and belt-tightening is paying off, as residents of Oswego County will only see a small increase of less than one percent in their property taxes for 2014. But what do the county's cost-saving measures mean for the average Oswego County homeowner?<br /><br />The proposed tax rate would go up 16 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value, translating to about an extra $15 tacked onto a homeowner's bill. While the rate is the highest it's been in six years, it still keeps the rate lower than it was in 2005, by more than 20 percent.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:38:03 +0000 Gino Geruntino 47547 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County Legislature prepares for upcoming budget vote Cuomo details local government bailout plan http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-details-local-government-bailout-plan <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposal for a new local government restructuring board to help financially distressed communities deal with long term budget problems. Wed, 15 May 2013 12:55:21 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37854 at http://wrvo.org Governor to push for local government restructuring board http://wrvo.org/post/governor-push-local-government-restructuring-board <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he hopes to soon create a statewide board to help fiscally strapped local governments restructure. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:56:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36829 at http://wrvo.org State report shows Utica in fiscal decline http://wrvo.org/post/state-report-shows-utica-fiscal-decline <p>A new state report describes the city of Utica as a city in fiscal decline. The state Comptroller's office has released a fiscal snapshot of the city as part of its new fiscal monitoring system. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:19:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32610 at http://wrvo.org Local governments will be graded on fiscal health http://wrvo.org/post/local-governments-will-be-graded-fiscal-health <p>Municipalities and school districts in New York state will soon get graded on their fiscal health. A fiscal monitoring system run by the state comptroller's office will publicly identify local governments that may be heading towards a fiscal cliff. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:24:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32547 at http://wrvo.org Can local governments save money by consolidating? http://wrvo.org/post/can-local-governments-save-money-consolidating <p>New York state has a variety of programs intended to save taxpayer dollars by helping governments share services or eliminate certain government entities altogether. A New York state Assembly hearing in Syracuse this week tried to find out whether these programs work. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:50:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30174 at http://wrvo.org Can local governments save money by consolidating? "Super control board" idea to help struggling municipalities still possible http://wrvo.org/post/super-control-board-idea-help-struggling-municipalities-still-possible <p>New York State continues looking for ways to help local governments on the edge of fiscal collapse.&nbsp; And, the idea of a "super control board" is still a possibility. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:44:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25744 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo defends property tax cap http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-defends-property-tax-cap <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Fort Drum yesterday, touring a former coal plant that&#39;s being converted to a biomass facility.&nbsp; He responded to questions from reporters about the statewide property tax cap.</p><p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:30:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 23809 at http://wrvo.org Local governments struggle; tax cap presents new challenges http://wrvo.org/post/local-governments-struggle-tax-cap-presents-new-challenges <p>Local governments continue struggling in the wake of the recession. At a Local Government Leadership Institute meeting in Syracuse Wednesday, officials looked for answers to&nbsp; some of the problems they still face following the Wall Street meltdown.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:06:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 21325 at http://wrvo.org Local governments struggle; tax cap presents new challenges Village of Chaumont ponders pros, cons of dissolution http://wrvo.org/post/village-chaumont-ponders-pros-cons-dissolution <p>Faced with increasing costs, aging equipment and the prospect of big tax savings for residents, the village of Chaumont is considering dissolution.</p><p>But the issue isn&#39;t that clear-cut and has become a contentious subject, pitting neighbors and friends against each other in this small community.</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 13:28:54 +0000 Joanna Richards 19834 at http://wrvo.org Village of Chaumont ponders pros, cons of dissolution