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October 1, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 1, 2012


It’s time to deal with the budget of a corporation that is close to a million-a-year business — the city of Oneonta.

The normal system in the city is for budgets to be presented and approved for each commission and for the city chamberlain to handle general fund expenses. The chamberlain and the Finance Committee then begin the job of studying and, in most cases, whittling. This last includes hearings for justification with the various city departments.

Last week, the Safety Board received and approved budgets from the Police Department, Fire Department and Health Department. The police are asking for $131,168, and increase of $18,080; the firemen are seeking $106,925, a boost of $21,472; and the Health Department is asking $17,333, up $2,308.

The Parks Board has also submitted a budget of $53,748, an increase of $4,284.

The Recreation Board has a budget for $19,000, similar to a year ago.

Still to come are the Service Board budgets, for water, sewage, and public works, and the general fund budget to be prepared by Mr. Natoli.

The final tentative budget will be presented by the Finance Committee to the Common Council at its second meeting in November. After a public hearing, it will then be formally accepted by the council.

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