The Oswego Town Hall has been cleaned and disinfected in keeping with Department of Health guidelines. The Town Hall is expected to be open during normal our business hours of Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm effective Monday August 31, 2020. As individual departments have different operating hours and limited staffing, it is suggested residents call the Town at 315 343-2586 prior to any visit.
Oswego Town Hall has been closed due to COVID issues. A reopening date will be announced at a future date.
As Town Supervisor, I recently received information that the ‘2%’ Tax Cap for the 2021 budget will in fact be 1.56%. Given all the other obstacles Towns across the state are facing, this is totally unrealistic. This will be a difficult year in terms of forecasting a budget for 2021 as it is unlikely we will know how much of our projected revenues for sales tax and court fines and fees will actually be received until late September or early October. This makes it hard to predict what further revenues will be like. Additionally, the Town of Oswego has a number of commitments for matching grants received from REDI and other sources.
The Town has worked hard over the last several years to cut expenditures and to try to maintain the Town of Oswego at a reasonable and sustainable level. It is likely we will achieve a normal 2% growth budget, but a budget level of 1.56% is not realistic. In the interest of being proactive and allowing our residents to be informed about the budget prospects, I presented the following resolution to introduce a local law to override the 2021tax cap at the August 11, 2020 Town Board meeting. This resolution highlights the issues the Town faces. The Oswego Town Board acknowledged the receipt of draft Local Law No 1-2020 to override the NYS Tax Cap, and has scheduled a Public Hearing regarding this draft law on September 8, 2020. If indeed we do achieve a budget under the tax cap level, it is easier to repeal the law than to try to implement a tax cap law at the last minute without adequate public notice.
RESOLUTION NO.: 2020-74____
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DRAFTING OF LOCA LAW NO. 1 OF THE YEAR 2020, A LOCAL LAW TO OVERRIDE THE 2021 TAX CAP
WHEREAS, the year 2020 has been an extraordinarily challenging year for local municipalities in Upstate New York, which has not seen a significant outbreak of COVID-19 but, like all other local governments throughout New York State, the region was forced to shut down for an extended period of time, while maintaining day-to-day operations necessary to keep a town functioning and serving the people most closely impacted by the sudden shuttering of businesses, job loss, and the added stress living in a period of uncertainty creates; and
WHEREAS, amongst the backdrop of COVID-19, and the multitude of challenges this pandemic continues to cause society, the New York State Comptroller recently released the “2 Percent Tax Cap” figures for the budget year 2021, and advised the Town of Oswego that the tax cap, in actuality, will be 1.56%; and
WHEREAS, the State of New York’s declaration that the tax increase for the 2021 budget for the Town of Oswego must remain under 1.56% of the tax rate adopted in 2020 is unrealistic, and threatens to force town boards across the State to choose between maintaining services or curtailing services and thereby increasing the potential for public safety to be sacrificed; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board for the Town of Oswego believes it to be in the best interest of the citizens and taxpayers of the town to craft a financially prudent, but reasonable and realistic town budget for 2021, without being restricted by an artificial and unworkable 1.56% tax cap limitation; and
WHEREAS, Local Law No. 1 of the Year 2020 is a Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit for Fiscal Year 2021 Established by General Municipal Law §3-c, and to allow the Town of Oswego to adopt a Town Budget for town purposes, fire protection districts, and other special or improvement districts governed by the Town Board for the Fiscal Year 2021 that requires a real property tax levy in excess of the tax levy limit as defined by GML §3-c; and
WHEREAS, the Local Law expressly authorizes the Town Board to override the tax levy limit by the adoption of a Local Law by a vote of 60% of the Town Board; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board desires to hold a public hearing on September 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Offices, for the purpose of hearing public comments on the adoption of Local Law No. 1 of 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has considered the application of the State Environmental Quality Review Act and hereby determines that the proposed Local Law constitutes a Type II action for which an environmental assessment form shall not be required;
NOW, THEREFORE, upon motion made by Councilor/Town Supervisor Rick Kaulfuss and seconded by Councilor Jon Fowler, be it resolved as follows:
RESOLVED, that Local Law No. 1 of the Year 2020 of the Town of Oswego, A Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law §3-c is hereby introduced; and be it is further
RESOLVED, that the Town Clerk shall advertise the holding of a public hearing by the Town Board on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at 2320 County Route 7, Town of Oswego to hear any comments related to the proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2020.
This Resolution was unanimously adopted by those Board members present pursuant to roll call vote.
There will be a Town Board workshop meeting on August 4, 2020 at 6pm to allow for a public hearing regarding the proposed Lakeshore Commercial Sewer district.
SUBJECT TO A PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM
At a regular meeting held on the 24th day of March, 2020, the Town Board of the Town of Oswego, New York duly adopted a resolution, an abstract of which follows, which resolution is subject to a permissive referendum pursuant to Section 35.00 of the Local Finance Law of the State of New York. If after thirty days of the resolution’s adoption by the Town Board, no petition objecting to the resolution and requesting approval by the voters is filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Oswego, the resolution will be declared duly adopted.
ABSTRACT OF BOND RESOLUTION DATED MARCH 10, 2020
The following is a summary of a resolution adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Oswego on March 24, 2020. Said resolution authorizes the issuance and sale of a serial bond or bonds, and a bond anticipation note or notes in anticipation of the issuance and sale of said serial bond or bonds, in an amount not to exceed $1,300,000. The proceeds from the sale of the obligations authorized in said resolution shall be used for the object or purpose of the replacement of the current bridge carrying Thompson Road over Rice Creek, including but not limited to demolition of the existing road and sub-base, existing culverts and concrete headwalls, and excavating down to the natural creek bed removal and construction and installation of a new bridge, preliminary costs thereof and costs incidental thereto, including issuance costs of the Bonds and bonds anticipation notes. The estimated maximum cost of said object or purpose is $1,300,000, and the period of probable usefulness thereof is twenty (20) years.
Dated: March 24, 2020
Town of Oswego
Oswego County, New York
TOWN OF OSWEGO
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board for the Town of Oswego will hold a Public Meeting by Remote Conference Call on March 24, 2020, at 6 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. Anyone wishing to listen in on the conference call may dial (425) 436-6378 and use access code: 146341#. You will be prompted to provide your name. The meeting will begin when the host activates the meeting and the Town Supervisor calls the meeting to order. The meeting will be recorded, and the recording will be posted to the Town’s website. This meeting procedure is authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order 202.1, and by resolution of the Town Board.
DATED: March 24, 2020 Nikki Fowler, Town Clerk
The March 24 workshop will be held as a regular board meeting. Main items will be the SEQER and the bonding resolution for the Thompson Rd Bridge. At this time we will plan on meeting in person. If anything changes, we will let you know. Meeting will be held at 6PM.