August 27, 2017 - We are investigating the details of a pending agreement between the county and city. The mayor and county executive have decided that taxpayers should pay for a private, non-profit, hospital to own parking garage after taxpayers pay for its construction. The documents have not been made public, so NoHospital Dwtn has FOIL'ed for them.
Sadly the Oneida County Legislature went into executive session for a garage discussion, more at: County, Utica reach tentative deal on downtown parking garage. The story ends with a single line, "There is some opposition to putting the new facility in downtown Utica". However our group has created more headlines than the hospital, but Rome is home to this newspaper, the MV EDGE, the County Executive, and others - so we expect little from them. Taxpayers are the losers in the media slack reporting.
Utica City Hall Says, "Taxpayers go further into debt!"... As the Mayor and Comptroller get down to the people's business, read the Palmieri-Morehouse Statement on a 30-year taxpayer debt package. Our group's reaction can be heard here, as Jim Brock and Brett Truett React to Parking Garage Agreement.
The city who can't seem to fully explain the finances can be heard here, Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri and Comptroller Bill Morehouse on Parking Garage Funding. Even less understanding can be gathered listening to Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente on Parking Garage Agreement.
Currently Oneida County residents would fund 60% of a downtown Utica hospital parking garage. Utica taxpayers would pay 100%; 40% in city and 60% on their county taxes! Renters would see higher rents as higher taxes will place pressure on property owners.
After built, the garage would be GIVEN away to a nonprofit hospital, one that doesn't pay taxes. Sadly, the hospital currently owns 64-acres at their St. Luke's Campus. There is ample area for surface parking, at no cost to taxpayers, but a downtown parking garage would be on property taxes for 30 years. Learn (not much) more here: Utica, Oneida County And Hospital Get Memorandum of Agreement
To add to the financial pain, taxpayers and residents will also pay to park in the garage they built and paid for! Our Utica newspaper has fallen for the missing and fake numbers, OUR VIEW: Agreement on parking garage a positive step for hospital project. However, how did the editorial staff do this without seeing the agreement(s)?