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Loss Of Control

State Aid, Incentives Have Huge Effect On City Budget

November 4, 2013

There are both revenue sources and expenditures that city government officials have little or no control over in the 2014 budget....

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Nov-04-13 4:26 AM

Does the Mayor want the county to raise the sales tax? How does he want how it is applied changed? This isn't clear.

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Nov-04-13 8:00 AM

implosion coming, cant wait, long overdue.

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Nov-04-13 8:16 AM

City is filling up with dependants. What do you expect when you keep building Apple Yards and Tax exempt Train Stations with Trains to nowhere and Lucy and Desi tourest traps and keep raising taxes on the working, home and business owners?

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Nov-04-13 8:56 AM

Well well, not his fault! Sounds just like obama. Democrats typical complaint.

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Nov-04-13 1:09 PM

I read the entire article, past articles,the full on line budget package and have been paying attention to things in the city for years.

The Mayor has clearly been at the forefront of pushing the state to cut mandates, reform labor laws and make other necessary changes to allow Jamestown and all other cities to roll back expenses and CUT the tax burden.

He clearly stated even in this article that if they are not going to keep pace with aid to pay for all their mandates, they should allow cities to cut their expenses. And within the limits that the great "Vampire State" has, that is exactly what has been going on here. 20% fewer employees,restructured ops, new technology, stopped borrowing for ops, positive fund balance, hiring freeze etc.

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Nov-04-13 1:19 PM

Jamestown, under the previous guy, was bloated and dysfunctional, nothing had changed in years, the unions were running the house and the City was on the verge of bankruptcy.

While there is always room for improvement, the political bickering is a thing of the past, city ops are way leaner and more efficient, budgets are now on time and balanced and the city has gone from several million under water to a few million in the bank.

While some local folks fail or refuse to allow themselves to recognize this, people all over the state are seeing and appreciating it.

Drop the political hooey and realize that things have improved a lot are much better there than in most places around NYS.

Your city has made much progress and is doing better than most.

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Nov-04-13 3:56 PM

jamestown has been a stinkhole since the early 80's...however..I kind of dig the ambiance of all the zombies walking around with 40 ouncers and all the tards waling around from the resource center... hmm

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Nov-05-13 11:10 AM

as a over paid retired school teacher, carla w. should know better, but alas, does not.

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