FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Mayor Madden Statement on City Council Leadership Budget Meeting
TROY, NY – On Monday, November 28, following an invitation by Mayor Madden to Council leadership to discuss additional suggested changes to the proposed city budget, City Council President Mantello and President Pro-Tem McGrath presented an ultimatum of an arbitrary 12% tax increase to the administration for 2017. The Council leadership stated that that failure to agree to this fixed percentage would result in the defeat of the local law to allow the City to exceed the state-mandated tax cap on Tuesday evening. City Council leadership departed prior to the conclusion of discussion.
Mayor Patrick Madden has issued the following statement:
“The Council leadership presented no concrete or financially viable solutions to the challenges facing our city during this discussion and demonstrated an unwillingness to accept the reality of costs associated with municipal operations and services. I pledged to the residents of Troy to not approve any budget which does not utilize prudent and proper budgeting practices. This approach to budgeting demonstrated by the City Council leadership employs the same tactics which have led Troy to where we are today. Failure to override the tax cap by the City Council will result in the potential layoff of approximately 90 employees, a wholesale reduction in services and add additional costs of private services onto the backs of our residents. I am deeply disappointed in the outcome of tonight’s meeting and urge the City Council leadership to reconsider their position.”