Links of the Day:
– The city released a summary of the mayor’s budget forums, attended by 170 people. Many complained about the back taxes owed by Wilmorite on the Sibley building:
Address the Sibley’s/Wilmorite tax delinquency.
“Collect property taxes owed to the City (Sibley’s).” (Edgerton)
“Wilmorite should not be able to walk away from paying taxes ($22m) – not being held accountable.” (Edgerton)
“Foreclose on Sibley’s.” (Adams)
“Collect unpaid City taxes from owners such as Wilmorite, Sibley’s etc.” (Cobbs Hill)
This issue will come to a head very soon. The company about to buy Sibley recently withdrew an application to COMIDA for tax breaks on the renovation. Mayor Tom Richards said that’s because “We want to get it all done at once.” He’s referring to a resolution on the sale, new tax breaks and old back taxes. The city isn’t likely going to get a lot of money out of the deal.
Participants also asked the city to stop subsidizing commercial developments through tax breaks and charge for parking at Ontario Beach Park, as well as Durand-Eastman. People were not enthusiastic about purchases for new surveillance cameras and asked the city to delay work in the port marina and Erie Harbor promenade. People do not want cuts to public safety.
– Some residents in Penfield are fighting a group home for veterans. “What if they snap?”
– No Child Left Behind mandates tutoring services for failing students. But the standards are lax, students aren’t getting the services and the services aren’t very good. Meanwhile, millions of dollars are wasted on the effort.
– The exploding deer population has become a problem in the City of Syracuse.