by Dave Warner

A public hearing on the 2022 proposed budget kicked off the evening without any input from the public. The regularly scheduled common council meeting was then called to order at 7 pm with only Resolution No. 18 on the agenda.

WHEREAS, a Tentative Budget for the 2021 fiscal year for the City of Little Falls was been filed in the Office of the City Clerk pursuant to Section 702 of the City of Little Falls Charter; and

WHEREAS, the assessed valuation, after exemptions, for the Tentative Budget is $30,759,621.00; and the tax rate for the Tentative Budget is $111.26 per thousand which shall not require an override of the property tax cap set by General Municipal Law §3-c(3); and

WHEREAS, the Tentative Budget was duly noticed and a public hearing held on April 6, 2021; and

WHEREAS, no changes were made to the Tentative Budget; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Common Council of the City of Little Falls, that the City of Little Falls’ Tentative Budget as filed in the Office of the City Clerk is hereby approved and shall be known as the Annual Budget for the 2021 fiscal year; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Common Council of the City of Little Falls, that the City of Little Falls 2021 Budget shall be adopted and passed with a tax levy increase of .96%.

The resolution passed unanimously.

Mayor Mark Blask stated, “It certainly was a trying year this year as we’re sort of transitioning between treasurers. No increase in water, and no increase in sewer. The general tax increase worked out to be 0.96%. A lot of hard work went into this budget.”

“For ten different reasons, it was an abnormal budget season. I’m incredibly proud of the work that everyone did on it. It was eight weeks of crunching the numbers and getting where we needed to be,” he said.

NOTE: City Hall will now open June 1st instead of May 1st.

In Mayor’s comments, Blask stated, “This will be our last common council meeting via Zoom. We’ll be back in person, in May in City Hall. I anticipate City Hall being back open to the public on May 1st. We need to make it easier for people to pay their water bills, ask questions, get a marriage license, or handle their day-to-day activities.”

He stated that they plan on having the pool and the parks and recreation activities proceeding normally this summer. “We’re all systems go in the City of Little Falls,” he said.

A short discussion surrounded whether festivals would be on this year or not. The Mayor said that they’re working on the idea that it is easier to turn something off than turn it on. “We’re anticipating that those festivals are on this summer,” stated Blask.