SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- On Saturday, the Schenectady City Council holds the last of two public budget discussions on the 2014 spending budget.
The meeting was held at City Hall and was open to the public.
Mayor Gary McCarthy says a big problem facing the budget is the large number of people that don't pay their taxes.
As he put it, the city has a 13 percent "uncollectability". He says if that number came down other taxpayers could actually see their share reduced. And that's only going to happen if folks get involved.
"The public has different levels of interest. So sometimes people are very interested in things, they're interested in police services, they're interested in whether or not their street is going to get paved. Sometimes they're not as concerned until they perceive something going wrong. So it's always good to have discussion and get an open review," said Gary McCarthy, (D) Schenectady Mayor
The council will vote on the budget Wednesday.