Yesterday, Mayor Kamal Johnson presented the proposed 2022 budget to the Common Council. Four Council members--Eileen Halloran (Fifth Ward), John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward), Jane Trombley (First Ward), and Rebecca Wolff (First Ward)--were absent from the Zoom meeting.
In his budget address, Johnson noted that the property tax levy would be the same in 2022 as it was in 2021. He observed that the City of Hudson, with more than a hundred employees, was one of Hudson's largest employers and expressed his commitment to "paying these individuals a fair and appropriate wage." He highlighted the City's renewed interest in providing for seniors, mentioning the creation of the Senior Services Department and effectively doubling the budget--from $75,000 to $150,000--for that department.
Johnson also mentioned Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's Fiscal Stress Scores and said that Hudson's score was 5. Gossips checked, and it appears that Hudson's score is 6.7, which is still very good. The three municipalities in New York identified as having "Significant Fiscal Stress" are Poughkeepsie (78.3), Niagara Falls (72.1), and Caneadea (65.4).
Johnson's entire budget message can be found here. The proposed budget can be found here. The public hearing on the budget will take place on Zoom tomorrow, Friday, November 12, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to join the meeting.
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