One of the first major decisions for Plattsburgh’s new councilors came Thursday Evening as the board locked in the tax rate for the city, approving the 2014 Budget. During the discussion, Councilman Mike Kelly complimented the previous administration for their diligence in preparing a budget that they as incoming members of the council would in fact be able to approve.. Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong agreed saying.. The previous council had been considerate of the new board’s desire to participate in the budgeting process.. That opportunity, she said enabled them to hear from various department heads.. and begin work on the budget well before they came into office just 9 days ago.
In 2013 the Tax rate was $10.76 per thousand dollars of assessed value.. With only a few minor modifications, the Budget comes in around Fifty Four Million, Two Hundred and Thirteen Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy Two… dollars – an increase of Nine hundred and Thirty Nine Thousand dollars… Mayor Kasprzack’s proposed budget came in at 1.76% over 2013… and in the chambers during the vote, the consensus was that with all of the changes, the actual tax levy would see an increase of 2.23%..
One of the Strengths in the City’s budget stems from the Plattsburgh Recreation Department, run by Steve Peters who is the Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Plattsburgh.. He told the board he’s incredibly proud of the effort his staff has put together in the last few years..
Ward Four Councilman Paul O’Connell was very complimentary of Peters and his staff..
The City Council Thursday night approved the use of the City’s RecreationCenter and the Oval fields of the Clinton County Health Department’s “Longest Day of Play” and Peter’s says that’s just one example of the events supported by the City’s Recreation Department..
We spoke with Steve Peters who is the Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Plattsburgh.. Taking the opportunity to talk a little more in depth about the recreation center while the council disappeared into a private session to discuss employment issues.. he and I are sitting near the entrance to the council chambers in their new layout with what is essentially the gallery for the public now running lengthwise down the right hand side of the chambers and then to our left the councilors, now all in one row with Mayor Calnon in the center – Essentially all of the councilors are now looking out at the audience as opposed to at each other.. The Councilors and the Mayor seemed to like their new set up – with a few minor tweaks, Councilor Becky Kasper tells us she is all for the new design..