City of Utica property owners may be in line for a reduction in their tax bill in 2019.

Utica Comptroller Bill Morehouse said Friday on the Keeler Show that city taxpayers could be in line for a tax drop of 3-5% in the next budget year, which begins in April.

Much of the conversation with Morehouse centered on Oneida County's recently passed budget, which did not include an increase in the county tax levy. But, because of equalization rates - determined by New York State - taxes are going up for the vast majority of Oneida County taxpayers (SEE AUDIO INTERVIEW ABOVE FOR MORE ON THAT).

When then asked about Utica's budget process and what his expectations were, Morehouse said he thought 'people will be very pleased' with the budget.

"We had to get our ship in order. We had to get fiscally sound. Now we are, now we can start giving back to people,'' Morehouse said.