Troy mayor details 2013 budget
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TROY, N.Y. -- Troy's mayor detailed his budget proposal for 2013. The $65.9 million budget carries a two percent tax increase and avoids service cuts and layoffs.
Lou Rosamilia's spending plan is a 1.7 percent increase over last year and the average homeowner can expect to see their tax bill rise by about $32 a year. Sewer rates will also see an increase, by less than 75 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used.
The city has also made changes to its prescription and Medicare plans to combat rising health care costs, which the mayor says will save more than $800,000 per year. Rosamilia says he feels good about the proposal.
"Very confident. Very confident that people working together, the department heads have sat down, we've sat down two or three times, each time cutting and cutting and cutting. So once again, we're to the point where we're trying to more with the same," Rosamilia said.
Throughout the next month, the city will hold a series of department-specific budget meetings.
For a meeting schedule, visit www.troyny.gov.