Budget talks continue in Johnson City

By Michelle Costanza

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 7:17 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the end of the budgeting season draws closer, board members are still looking for ways to become financially stable.

The village of Johnson City held a meeting Monday night to discuss the budget deadline and continue their efforts to close a more than $9 million budget gap.

Board members say the struggle to find viable and reasonable cuts has not been easy.

"Everyone is on board with making cuts and making the tough decisions, keeping borrowing down to a minimum and getting to a place that will be comfortable for the community," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

Board members discussed their fire and police departments, but noted that money must be cut from places that will not compromise public safety. They said they need to solve financial woes by bringing revenues up and expenses down.

"We're down to just under 4 percent now for the tax levy, we're getting close to what our 2 percent cap number would be," Deemie said.

A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9.

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