City Sales Tax Revenues Up For Third Quarter

There is some good financial news for the Jamestown City Council.

Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said earlier this week that sales tax revenues during the third quarter increased over last year’s results by about 1 percent. Dolce said sales tax revenues have been up for each fiscal quarter this year for the city. He added if sales tax revenues continue the pace they are on in the fourth quarter, city officials will meet or exceed their budget projections.

In August, Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, said in 2016 city officials fell short of budget estimations by 2 percent. The 2017 adopted sales tax revenue budget was $6 million.

In other business, the Public Safety Committee discussed a proposal by the Zonta Club of Jamestown to place yellow ribbons on parking meters to support their annual initiative called 16 Days of Activism. Maria Jones, Ward 5 councilwoman, said they approved the request under the condition that the Zonta Club publicizes their initiative so people know why there are yellow ribbons on the parking meters.

She said city officials don’t want people to think they cannot park at meters where there are yellow ribbons. She added that Zonta Club members will place and take down the yellow ribbons.

The council discussed a change order for the Phase 3 reconstruction of Newland Avenue. Tom Nelson, Ward 6 councilman, said there has been a decrease in the project by $24,329, with the new total being $140,365.

Nelson also said The Chautauqua Center has made a request for the city to abandon an alley near their new location on Institute Street. Nelson said the Public Works Committee has forwarded the request to the city Planning Commission for review.