In light of the projected fiscal impact of COVID-19

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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2020


City of Utica Update


In light of the projected fiscal impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and after careful examination of the City’s FY 2020-2021 Budget, Mayor Robert Palmieri has taken the following actions:


  • Reduction of spending in daily operations


  • A 75% decrease in capital purchases of what was originally budgeted (prior to the Coronavirus outbreak)


  • Coordination with Comptroller Morehouse to consider deferring payments of certain 2020 payroll taxes until 2021 and 2022, an option recently approved through the federal CARES Act


  • Institution of a hiring freeze for all vacant positions


  • Temporary elimination of over 80% of part-time employees


  • Reduction of non-essential overtime


  • Reduction in salary of several part-time employees


  • Seeking voluntary furlough for certain full-time positions


  • Issuance of an early retirement incentive program for CSEA members and non-union employees


In addition, the City Comptroller’s Office, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Authority, extended the deadline for payment of FY 2020-2021 city and solid waste bills u