state aid en Common Council begins work on Syracuse budget <p>The Syracuse Common Council is getting its hands on the mayor’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which doesn’t call for a tax increase.</p><p>More than half of the city’s $660 million budget goes to the school district.</p><p>For the rest of the budget, on the upside, the mayor’s office expects to see increased revenue from sales tax, parking fees and property tax collection -- thanks to the land bank, the agency tasked with handling the cities massive list of vacant properties.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:15:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54063 at Russell legislation would redistribute school aid to help poorer districts <p>Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken, benefiting wealthier districts at the expense of poorer ones. She says legislation she's introduced would make the formula more equitable.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:27:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 32755 at The "State of the City" will require more budget cuts <p>It was a positive State of the City that Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presented in her yearly address to common councilors last night. But beneath the reports of economic development progress, public safety initiatives and new schools construction, lurks more fiscal challenges. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:02:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32374 at School Budget Series: State aid cuts outpace declining enrollments at rural schools <p>Many rural school districts rely heavily on state aid because of a relative lack of property wealth in their regions, so the past few years of deep state aid cuts have hit them hard. Rural districts also have experienced declining enrollments that have helped dull the pain. But two school districts in southern Jefferson County say the decline in their student populations isn&#39;t keeping pace with the rapid reductions from the state that make up most of their budgets.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 18895 at School Budget Series: State aid cuts outpace declining enrollments at rural schools State aid for sewage problems in Syracuse <p>East Syracuse is getting some help from the state for a project it hopes will reduce sewage backups and run-off.</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 20:34:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 18740 at