Public meeting to focus on Schenectady’s 2013 proposed budget
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The first of three public meetings this week is planned for tonight to discuss the proposed 2013 budget for the city of Schenectady. Mayor Gary McCarthy unveiled the budget plan earlier this month.
The budget plan is calling for a tax increase of 4.1 percent. The plan also avoids any disruption in current services provided to the tax payers but calls for the reduction of 22 positions. City officials say that may not mean layoffs, but reassignments and salary cuts.
McCarthy says the increase could have been avoided if the city was able to collect the more than $12 million owed in delinquent taxes.
The city council has until next Wednesday, November 1st to adopt a budget.
Tonight's meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The other meetings are planned for tomorrow and Wednesday at the same time.