Council poised to extend time for city budget presentation

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At the next regular Rome Common Council meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, a measure will be considered that would extend the time for the presentation of Rome’s 2021 budget to the City of Rome Common Council.

Typically, a budget is presented to the council by September 30 each year for consideration.

However, “due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic currently being experienced at all levels of government, there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding funding and revenue sources for the City of Rome,” reads a resolution.

“As we look ahead to 2021, there is financial uncertainty due to the pandemic. We are working diligently to close funding gaps in anticipation of presenting a fair and balanced budget for the next fiscal year. We will certainly have many challenges ahead of us, but we are also in a position for strong, long term economic growth. We must not lose sight of continuing to build upon the solid economic development foundation we have created because we are beginning to reap the benefits of that strategy in growth all over our city,” reads a portion of a statement from Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo, released by the Genesis Group.

In recent weeks and months, municipalities have began crafting budgets for 2021 amid the reality of declining revenues and sales tax payments that are COVID-19 related.

The resolution is asking for an extension to October 21 for budget completion.

Items also up for consideration on the agenda include measures approving a training course for a code
enforcement official centering on asbestos removal in structures for $285 and acceptance of a donation to the police department of a custom made stab proof and ballistics vest for the department’s K9 Arko valued at $1,500 and manufactured by Canada-based Line of Fire Defence Systems.

The vest donation is made possible by Brady Snakovsky, a fifth-grade student from Strongsville, Ohio who runs a non-profit organization called Brady’s K9 Fund, which works to donate vests to K9 units.

“I believe that all K9 officers should have protection like their handlers,” reads a letter for Snakovsky.

The meeting will be conducted remotely and can be heard using a telephone audio stream. To listen in call 1-408-418-9388 and enter access code 173 117 8302#.

Those wishing to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting need to register in advance with the city clerk’s office by providing their full name, making address, email address and telephone number no later that noon on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Call 315-339-7659 to register. In order to participate, individuals need to have internet access with a computer or other device such as a smartphone or tablet.

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