Ogdensburg Faces Tough Budget Choices

Ogdensburg Faces Tough Budget Choices

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Ogdensburg is once again facing a tough choice - drastically cutting services or a big tax increase.

This year, property taxes in the city went up about 13 percent, a big jump.

As the city council looks ahead, it may have to not only raise property taxes again, but sewer and water fees as well.

The city manager says the choices are stark.

“The two choices are either severely cutting our programs or raising the taxes higher than we would like to," said Sarah Purdy, Ogdensburg city manager.

Some of the problem: nearly 60 percent of the city's property is tax-exempt.

All this comes as the city learns its credit is being downgraded to one notch above junk status.

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