Albany and Schenectady budgets up for public review
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CAPITAL REGION -- City budgets in Schenectady and Albany are up a public review Monday night.
The public can weigh in on the Schenectady proposed 2013 budget Monday at 6:00 pm at City Hall. Earlier this month, county legislators passed a law that allowed them to override the state imposed property tax cap, which amounts to about 2.95 percent.
The county manager's plan would raise taxes by almost 7.5 percent. This would be the first increase in three years.
Meanwhile, the Albany Common Council will also hold a hearing Monday night on the city's proposed budget for 2013.
The current plan calls for a property tax increase for homeowners and a decrease for commercial property owners. The budget doesn't propose any layoffs, but it doesn't propose raises for city workers either.
There is also funding for several programs, including $150,000 for SNUG, an initiative to keep guns off the streets. The $170 million budget must be passed by the end of the November.