SCHENECTADY -- The full City Council on Monday approved Oct. 9 as the public hearing date for the 2019 budget.
The date is scheduled for a week after Mayor Gary McCarthy is scheduled to release his proposed budget to the council, which is expected to be on or before Oct. 1. There also will be town hall-style meetings regarding the proposed budget following its release.
Meeting dates are Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Fairview Avenue; Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Steinmetz Community Center; and Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Bridge Christian Church on Crane Street.
The council will then host its workshops the following week.
City Councilman John Polimeni, chairman of the council's Finance Committee, referred to town hall meetings as providing “extra opportunity” for residents to give their thoughts on the budget.
“That’s really what it’s about,” Polimeni said.
Polimeni repeated that he wants the council to take a new approach to the budget this year. Instead of just doing line item budgeting, he said he wants the council to view the budget as more of a policy document.