The budget deadline in Schenectady is less than a week away and there's still no agreement between the mayor and city council, on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. A meeting was held Tuesday night to try to work out some of those issues. Erin Vannella has more.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- With the budget deadline less than a week away, city leaders appear to be moving closer to an agreement on a spending plan.
Schenectady city council members met Tuesday night and made a few amendments to the proposed budget, all with the goal of lowering the proposed 2.2 percent tax increase, while maintaining the current level of service. Their agreement was to raise the garbage fee by only three-quarters of what was proposed and to cut money allotted to health care costs. Those changes, and several others, saved enough money to lower the tax increase to just under 1.1 percent.
Every decision council members made was, according to them, in the taxpayers' best interest.
"We went around the table again and again and again, talking about every person's concerns. So every person had an opportunity to talk about their concerns, things they wanted back in, things they wanted pulled out. Everyone didn't get everything they wanted, but I feel that this was a very good analysis of priorities," said City Council Member Carl Erickson.
City Council members voted to move the budget out of committee and say it could go to a final vote as early as Wednesday.