Common Council

TAXES
6:23 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Miner Vetoes Tax Increase

Mayor Miner discusses the Common Council's budget and her line item vetoes
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved  last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process. 

She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public dialogue beforehand. 

In a release from Miner's office, she says:

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
11:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Syracuse Land Bank Could be Key to Saving House Where "Oz" Creator Met His Future Wife

The house at 678 W. Onondaga St. was built in 1880.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank.  Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation.  Executive Director Kathleen DiScenna says the couple met in 1881.   She says his late niece Cynthia told her,

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Common Councilors Nix Plan to have Businesses Pay for Upkeep of Connective Corridor

Businesses spared extra tax for upkeep of Connective Corridor
Credit connectivecorridor.syr.edu

With an overwhelming “no,” the Syracuse Common Council shot down a plan to have businesses along the Connective Corridor pay a special maintenance tax. 

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