Village Budget Tweaking

By WBNG News

Village Budget Tweaking

June 28, 2011 Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Three days before the deadline, still no clear agreement on how to finalize the Village of Owego budget.

It calls for substantial cuts to public works and the police department.

Nearly $70,000 has been taken out of the police budget.

Some services in the town which were free will be no longer, like the village pool.

"We worked very hard to re-do the pool with the understanding that we would provide the pool free service to the kids in our community," said Mayor Ed Arrington (D). "Now we're going to charge for that. I'm saddened by that."

The board made twenty-one amendments to the draft of the budget Monday night.

One way to save money is a proposal to reduce the salaries of trustees and the mayor. The pay for mayor would be $500 a year. Trustees would make $1 a month.

But, cutting salaries raises the concern that it would keep competent people from running for village offices.