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Oswego common councilors struggle to tackle a sharp tax hike

After a week of work sessions, common councilors in the city of Oswego are still crunching the numbers, trying to reduce an 81 percent property tax rate increase proposed by the mayor.

Oswego (WSYR-TV) - After a week of work sessions, common councilors in the city of Oswego are still crunching the numbers, trying to reduce an 81 percent property tax rate increase proposed by the mayor.

Under the current proposal, a family with the average $70-thousand dollar home would pay an extra $575 a year.

Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen said small cuts won't make much of a dent. Any significant reduction would involve cutting services.

Police, fire, and DPW services account for more than 90% of the budget. Gillen said the departments are already operating with minimal staffing.

Gillen blames the recession in 2008 and state mandates for driving up rates.

In order to reduce the property tax rate by $1 per $1,000 of assessed value, common councilors would need to cut $1-million from the budget.

The city will host a public meeting at 6:30 on December 19th at Oswego Middle School.

A vote on the budget is expected by the end of the month.

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