November 30, 2016 06:28 PM
TROY - The day after in Troy is looking unsettled, to say the least.
Members of the Troy City Council and Mayor Patrick Madden couldn't come to an agreement on a budget on Tuesday night.
The mayor was pushing for a big tax hike, saying the city is in a state of fiscal chaos. With no budget in place, he said 90 layoffs were possible.
This is a result that neither the council nor the mayor wanted and that makes it a very tough time to be a city employee. They don't know what their future is, and we couldn't find out because the mayor wouldn't talk to NewsChannel 13 about his plans.
It hit email inboxes Tuesday afternoon in Troy -- a memo from the mayor telling city employees to brace for layoffs. It came after his reaction to the council not supporting his budget Tuesday night.
"I would describe the city of Troy as in fiscal chaos," warned Madden.
The mayor initially offered a 28 percent tax increase. A Republican steering committee initially offered a 9.5 percent increase.
It went back and forth, but they ended at the tax cap with a .68 percent tax increase. A result of deadlock. A result neither side wanted. The committee blames Madden for not negotiating.
"He was offered approximately $2.5 million, and thumbed his nose at it and now he wants to put his finger at the council. That's not fair," argued Mark McGrath, a Republican on the Troy City Council.
CSEA represents around 240 city employees, including DPW, recreation, and City Hall workers. Ninety employees could be on the chopping block.
"They don't know if they have a job. They don't know if they should buy Christmas presents. They don't know if they’re going to be able to pay for their own taxes come January 1. They don't know," noted Ron Briggs, the CSEA Capital Region president.
Council President Carmella Mantello led the charge against Madden. She says only non-essential services and non-essential employees will be cut.
"Your streets won't be plowed rats will run down the street. Police and fire. We're here to tell people that's not the case," assured Mantello.
"I know that they're trying to send a message of fear and chaos out, but there's money. We're going to pay our employees. They're going to go to work every day," explained McGrath.
Mantello says the city has to come up with a deficit reduction plan to close the nearly $6 million gap and she won't support a tax increase halfway through the year.
Updated: November 30, 2016 06:28 PM
Created: November 30, 2016 12:18 PM
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