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.
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,