Stabilizing property taxes is essential to Rome businesses

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A statement from the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Statement on the Proposed 2021 City of Rome Budget:

“For years the Board of Directors of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has been an advocate for property tax stabilization. We acknowledge that the proposed City of Rome Budget, for the fourth consecutive year, does not include a property tax increase. This is excellent news, particularly in light of the severe city-wide impact of the coronavirus and harmful economic effects the closings have had and are having on local businesses, workers, organizations, families, and individuals.

Business men and women who are considering Rome as a place to start their businesses look at many factors, such as public safety, access to health care, quality education, available real estate, various recreational and cultural activities, and more.

They also know the importance of the availability of a qualified work force, access to capital, and community involvement. Highest on the list is their potential to make a profit. Nothing else will matter if they cannot operate a financially successful business.

When they do their research and consider Rome, the Chamber firmly believes that a trend toward the continued stabilization of property taxes will be a strong incentive for them to locate in our city and add to our tax base.

The Chamber has continually resolved that an essential way to make Rome more conducive for doing business and more favorable for attracting and maintaining residents is to stabilize property taxes. The City has been successful in this regard. We acknowledge the leadership of Mayor (Jacqueline) Izzo, her steadfast goal to hold the line on spending and to make doing business and living in Rome affordable while maintaining essential services.

We also acknowledge the support from the Common Council and City of Rome employees, and the important role we all play in providing for an economically viable community.”

William K. Guglielmo, president Rome Area Chamber of Commerce

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