TROY, NY – Troy City Council has passed Troy Mayor Patrick Madden’s 2022 municipal budget proposal. The budget passed along the party lines, 4-3.
In the budget, the initial tax levy was lowered. The general budget fund totaled $ 78,746,500. Garbage Fund $ 5,025,524, Water Fund $ 12,282,377 and Sewer Fund $ 4,238,856. In addition, $ 956,515 of capital reserve credits were transferred to the capital projects fund. Collar City’s annual budget is also below the New York State property tax cap for the fifth consecutive year.
The mayor of Troy, Patrick Madden, appeared satisfied with the final passage of the budget.
“After taking office in 2016, this administration set out to restore public confidence in the city’s finances. The approval of our sixth consecutive balanced budget by City Council keeps our community on track and in the right direction. This financially responsible plan will improve city operations and essential services through long-term investments in city services to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. I applaud the members of City Council for supporting this common sense budget, and I look forward to implementing this plan for the benefit of the Troy families, ”said Madden.
“After years of budget uncertainty, the Madden administration has rebuilt the city’s financial foundation through strong budget oversight, evidence-based financial forecasting and the implementation of six consecutive balanced budgets. Today, the City of Troy is making new investments to support the growth of the neighborhood, rebuild infrastructure, revitalize the waterfront, improve the capacity of key services and strengthen municipal services, ”added Madden.
The administration’s 2022 budget proposal adds staffing capacities in various departments, including code enforcement, streets, parks, and parking enforcement.
The budget also includes the creation of a permanent Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI) within the Mayor’s office to help develop city-wide programs and policies that promote diversity in the city’s workforce.
In addition, the City will finance the purchase of new police vehicles from the General Fund. Previously, the City guaranteed the costs of police vehicles. The direct purchase of police vehicles was a recommendation of the NYS Office of the Comptroller and consistent with best practices recognized by the city’s credit rating agencies.
Changes to the final budget also included:
- Percentage increase 1.58%
- Annual increase – $ 150,000 property $ 35.33
- Monthly Increase – Property $ 150,000 $ 2.94
- 2022 Garbage fees $ 219 / unit (annual)
Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello was among three to vote against the proposed budget, giving it mixed reviews.
“Over the past few weeks, city council has taken the mayor’s 2022 budget proposal line by line through more than a dozen meetings, public hearings and workshops with department heads and supervisors. Last night, Troy City Council met for over four hours to amend, debate and ultimately pass the 2022 budget, ”Mantello said.
“While I am happy that the majority of the Democratic Council has accepted some of the minority’s proposals, such as suspending a city-wide reassessment and responding to the shortage of firefighters in short and Long term, the Democratic Majority Council opposed the Council Minority proposal to minimize new hires which focused more on filling existing vacancies in order to encourage more efficiency and synergy in various departments, ”Mantello continued.
In addition, Majority Council continues to place the burden on taxpayers and residents by increasing the annual garbage charges which started as a temporary charge to $ 160 per year 4 years ago and will increase. now at $ 219 for 2022, ”Mantello explained.
“Part of the budget that I supported is the part of the capital plan budget, which adds essential equipment and building renovations for our public works, utilities and public safety departments; continued reconstruction of the South Troy Industrial Roadway; continued improvements to the Frear Park golf course; and the Riverwalk trail, ”Mantello noted.
“I will continue to work to protect our taxpayers and residents, and keep our neighborhoods safer and cleaner,” Mantello added.
Additional budget highlights include:
- Additional reduction of the surplus transfer from the Water Fund of $ 625,000. This is the second year in a row that the administration has reduced the budgeted transfer to the General Fund.
- No deferral of annual pension contributions for City employees.
- For the first time in more than a decade, the employment contracts with the City’s six bargaining units are up to date and factored into the 2022 spending plan.
The 2022 budget capital plan includes funding for investments in various critical city-owned facilities, parks and infrastructure projects.
- Purchase of new emergency vehicles for the Troy Fire Department, including an aerial ladder device, a new ambulance (the third new ambulance since 2017) and $ 825,000 for upgrades to various fire stations, including including the historic Canal Street station in South Troy.
- Purchase of two new garbage trucks (Department of Sanitation) and a new sweeper (Department of Streets).
- South Troy Industrial Park Road Phase 2 construction funding to help remove heavy truck traffic from the South Troy and South Central neighborhoods and support future redevelopment along the South Troy waterfront.
- $ 3M to extend the Riverwalk trail north to the Hoosick Street Bridge. This project involves the redevelopment of the park under the bridge underpass and adjacent to the Hudson River.
- Funding for the municipal portion of the Monument Square and Riverfront Park 2.0 waterfront redevelopment project.
- $ 300,000 for design work for the planned replacement of the Department of Public Utilities upper service tank to improve the reliability of water supply services.
- Fund for design work associated with the Congress and Ferry Street Transportation Improvement Project (TIP) to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility on Congress and Ferry Streets, as well as the Multimodal Connectivity Project of the route 2.
- $ 1 million for planned improvements to the Frear Park golf course, including an improved drainage system for the last nine. This investment will extend the playing season, allowing for greater use and increasing income from the course.
- The 2022 capital plan also takes into account the necessary costs associated with Phase 2 of the Tomhannock water transmission line project (2023) to replace the century-old water pipes between the Tomhannock reservoir and the wastewater treatment plant. waters, and provides for the replacement of $ 7.5 million of the fire station. # 1 in the Lansingburgh neighborhood of Troy.