Hedglon, Matzke square off in Oneida

Although Matzke said the city has "gone the wrong way in the last two years," Hedglon said he has been looking for other sources of revenue to aid the struggling budget. Hedglon said he has seen "promises made and impressive plans" drawn up for the city's future, but nothing has been put in motion.

Among his plan for the city, Hedglon said he wants to see more people come to Oneida for the "real estate, water, waste water, fine schools, health care and parks." Hedglon said the future of Oneida is not in the hands of one person, but that it will take a mayor working well with council members and the community.

Hedglon said that he has recently asked all city department heads to give him a "laundry list" of where they could make possible cuts, if necessary. Although the mayor said no personnel cuts have been made, Matzke said some "people have received letters," already. No further comment was made on the personnel issue during the forum.

Hedglon said that the citizens of Oneida need to decide on how much they are willing to pay in taxes to keep all the city services they want, otherwise a tax increase would possibly be tabled to serve the community's needs accordingly. Currently, Matzke said the general fund has been decreasing in order to keep property taxes low, but that any revenue surplus the city gained should have had a $1 match-up put into a fund against tax increase.

Some budget items Hedglon said he and the council would like to see refined is the city's ownership and responsibility to the Kallet Civic Center. The mayor explained that there were issues with the lease agreement and that the city had been paying the civic center's National Grid bill in full instead of the first $10,000 of the tab as the mayor said these leases should be generally handled. He said this real estate subsidy would be accurately amended and have the property share the cost properly.

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