Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s fiscal snapshot report of Syracuse’s finances found the city faces long-term, systemic issues when it comes to stabilizing its budget.

The report comes as Mayor Stephanie Miner, the Democratic party co-chairwoman, sharply criticizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow local municipalities to smooth out pension costs under Tier Six in the short term at the expense of future savings down the road.

Miner in a New York Times op/ed called on the Legislature and DiNapoli to reject the pension smoothing plan.

DiNapoli has said he is concerned about the impact of the plan, but has not taken a formal position on whether the proposal should be jettisoned.

In a statement, DiNapoli praised Miner for having “confronted the city’s financial problems.”

“Syracuse is suffering from long-term, systemic problems,” said DiNapoli. “Unfortunately, as the economy continues to recover slowly from the financial meltdown of 2008, communities like Syracuse are likely to experience more financial difficulties. Mayor Miner recognizes the need to be more efficient, more creative and more forward-thinking. Since taking office, she has confronted the city’s financial problems but faces an uphill battle in some areas.”

The Cuomo administration, including Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, has pushed back against Miner’s concerns, saying that she could accept a fiscal control board to deal with her city’s budget woes and suggested that she’s merely seeking more state aide to plug the deficit.

Miner says it’s not about money, but finding long term solutions to help Syracuse and other cities facing similar budget crunches.

DiNapoli’s report found that Syracuse has been relying more on sales taxes and fees to cover the cost of government. Twenty-five percent of its revenue is coming from services like transportation and utility fees, while 22 percent comes from sales tax.

Syracuse has lost $4.3 million in state adi since the 2008-09 fiscal year and has gone through more than half of its constitutional debt limit; the city has $292 million in outstanding debt.

Over the last decade, expenses have increased by 4 percent on an annual basis, the report found.

Syracuse by Nick Reisman