The office of Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri today issued a statement outlining steps the city is taking to reduce spending in response to the coronavirus outbreak:
In light of the projected fiscal impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and after careful examination of the City’s FY 2020-2021 Budget, Mayor Robert Palmieri has taken the following actions:
Reduction of spending in daily operations
A 75% decrease in capital purchases of what was originally budgeted (prior to the Coronavirus outbreak)
Coordination with Comptroller Morehouse to consider deferring payments of
certain 2020 payroll taxes until 2021 and 2022, an option recently approved
through the federal CARES Act
Institution of a hiring freeze for all vacant positions
Temporary elimination of over 80% of part-time employees
Reduction of non-essential overtime
Reduction in salary of several part-time employees
Seeking voluntary furlough for certain full-time positions
Issuance of an early retirement incentive program for CSEA members and nonunion employees
In addition, the City Comptroller’s Office, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Authority has extended the deadline for payment of FY 2020-2021 city and solid waste bills until May 31st, 2020. Residents have until May 31st to pay their city and solid waste bills without interest or penalty.
The City has and will continue to do everything to avoid forced layoffs but recognizes it is not immune to the current economic climate and must be fiscally responsible. The city is working diligently to deliver the services its residents deserve.