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Mayor eyes 2013 budget with no tax hike

Council to look at proposal Tuesday

October 6, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE- Mayor Dayton King plans to propose a 2013 budget that includes no increase in taxes or fees - and has no layoffs - by using $600,000 out of the fund balance to make up for the shortfall between revenue and appropriations.

King will present the proposed budget to the Common Council at its meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

King said in a news release that this is possible because the city has increased its fund balance from $1.11 million at the end of 2009 to an estimated $2 million at the end of this year.

The mayor said he feels confident in using some of that money in 2013.

"I absolutely agree that we could use the $600,000 out of the $2 million so that property taxes don't increase," 5th Ward Councilman Jay Zarrelli said. "I would actually like to lower it by a few dollars if possible in the coming years."

However, the idea of spending money out of the fund balance received mixed reactions from other council members on Friday.

"We are working very hard to not use the fund balance if it is possible," 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski said. "The problem is every year the insurance portion of the budget is hard to control."

King said the city is looking for opportunities to save more money on health insurance costs because it remains such a large portion of the overall budget.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio suggested it isn't a good thing to use the city's fund balance unless it has to. Anadio said she wouldn't know if that is the case this year until she can view the proposed budget.

The mayor said the city has department heads in place who are able to run their teams efficiently while being safe and providing adequate services. He also mentioned the city would like to decrease the amount of overtime in the Fire Department caused by the minimum staffing clause.

"We are hopeful to have productive negotiations with all of our unions to minimize taxpayers costs for their services," King said in the news release.

King said he expects the Common Council to go through his budget with each department head and make adjustments in the near future.



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