Jamestown Mayor’s 2021 Budget Includes No Layoffs, Property Tax Decrease

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist presented his 2021 Executive Budget Thursday, one that includes no layoffs for full-time employees, as well as a decrease in the property tax rate. Sundquist says that the property tax rate decrease of .72 percent, or $.17 per thousand in assessed value, is the largest decrease in a decade. For an average $70,000 home, that is a decrease of $11.90, according to Sundquist.  Additionally, Sundquist’s budget includes a decrease in the tax levy of $70,000.The cut comes despite a slew of challenges, including a projected $4 million dollar deficit to an already fiscally stressed municipality.“When faced with the prospect of being against the state constitutional taxing limit, low home values, and a structurally inflexible budget, if we just sat back and kept the City afloat, we were one storm away from sinking,” Sundquist said in a letter addressed to Jamestown City Council and the community at large. “Little did I know at the time, that one of the largest storms we have ever had to face was just beyond the horizon.” The Mayor, however, says that the cut comes with a caveat. The budget assumes a 20% cut in general purpose aid from the State, as well as local street and highway maintenance funding, according to Sundquist. In addition, he says the budget “further removes many of our recreation and event programming to ensure the City keeps staff.”“The City will begin in earnest to shift the responsibility of events toward community organizations,” he adds.Additionally, the Mayor cut $1.2 million from the 2020 adopted budget as part of Phase One of his Financial Reconstruction Plan. Sundquist said during the City Council Work Session last Monday that the municipality wouldn’t have to move to Phase Two.Sundquist also says that a major 2021 goal involves the increase in community engagement from several City departments. The following are points listed, verbatim, by the Mayor in his letter:Parks. “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we must cherish our public parks. For the first time in 14 years, the Parks Department will have a new Parks Manager and a reimagined vision for recreation in the City. Our Recreation Coordinator will focus less on specific yearly events, and more to fostering community involvement, lifestyle, and year-round recreation.”Mayor’s Office. “The Mayor’s Office sees the addition of a Communications Coordinator/Grant Writer, who will assist all City departments in a centralized communication strategy and in funding opportunities. As many departments do not have the capacity to write grants or showcase their current projects, this dual role will allow City departments to communicate more clearly with the public and capture valuable dollars for projects.”Police Department. “As a part of reform initiatives, the Jamestown Police Department will be adding a new position of Citizen Affairs & Community Engagement Captain. This role is to focus on citizen engagement and ensuring our residents are connected to the resources they need in every interaction with our police. We must be committed to making our Police more connected with our community.”Sundquist says that City Council is required to hold a public hearing on the budget and then vote to ratify on, or before, Dec. 1st. If Council does not act by that date, the proposed Executive Budget goes into effect for 2021. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charging stations for electric vehicles on highways put into operation

first_imgOf the first 16 HEP filling stations on motorways, 12 were set up in cooperation with INA, and are located at the Ljubeščica, Vukova Gorica, Brinje and Lepenica Sjever rest areas, and at motorway entry / exit points in Goričan and Sesvetski Kraljevec. With this, we have put Croatia on the European map of electromobility and joined the network of electric charging stations on the trans-European transport network, said the President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbarić. and added: “Our ultimate goal is to provide Croatian citizens and all tourists and our guests with a safe long-distance electric car ride. To this end, as part of international projects, we will set up a total of 57 filling stations on Croatian motorways and other roads. With the completion of the currently active projects, HEP’s network, together with the already installed filling stations in Croatian cities, will have more than a hundred filling stations. ” HEP’s fast charging station in Brinje, with a capacity of 50 kW, was set up as part of the NEXT-E project, and like other HEP charging stations on motorways, it supports charging all available and upcoming types of electric vehicles on the market, HEP points out. Upon completion of the project, HEP’s network will have over 100 electric charging stations On the occasion of the National Day of Nikola Tesla, HEP marked the commissioning of the first 16 charging stations for electric vehicles on motorways by opening a fast charging station at the Brinje rest area. Investments in the installation of HEP filling stations on motorways are co-financed from European Union funds within the EAST-E and NEXT-E projects. As part of these projects, HEP is working with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania to create a new network of 309 charging stations, which will enable uninterrupted driving of electric cars through six Central European countries. The new electric charging stations will enable citizens and tourists from European countries to drive an electric car and reach all tourist destinations in Croatia. “Electric vehicle drivers have at their disposal a wide range of products and services at our retail outlets, and while their cars are full, their time can be shortened with coffee or a meal at our Fresh Corners. For us, customers come first and that is why we are committed to improving our products and services every day, and we see a step towards electromobility as an opportunity for the company.”, Said Sándor Fasimon, President of the Management Board of INA. For the first time, the network of electric charging stations enabled electric car owners to drive from the border with Slovenia and Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, and the Republic of Croatia to connect to the network of charging stations for electric vehicles on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  The remaining four filling stations are located in Vrbovsko, Čavle, Delnice and Fužine, in the immediate vicinity of the A6 motorway. In total, more than 30 charging stations for electric cars on highways in the direction of the sea, but also in the direction of Lipovac on the continent, will be installed at rest areas near INA retail outlets. Photo: Pixabay.com RELATED NEWS: FIRST PORSCHE DESTINATION STATION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC CARS IN CROATIA INSTALLED IN ESPLANADElast_img read more