City Council adopts 2014 budget
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council unanimously voted to adopt the proposed 2014 budget Wednesday night. All seven council members voted to adopt the $88.5 million budget, $75,000 less than Mayor Matt Ryan's (D) original proposed budget. The budget has a less than 1 percent tax increase: residential homesteads will see a 0.13 percent increase, and commercial non-homesteads will see a 0.84 percent increase. "This year's budget, although, it came in at a low projection in terms of a tax increase, we were still able to make some more reductions, but more importantly we really made some investments in services," said councilwoman Lea Webb (D). City council worked for over a month to cut down the budget. They decided to get rid of an unmarked police car, slimmed down the salary of the Chief Information Officer and Supervisor of City Streets. No jobs were cut with the adopted budget, but instead there are ten additional jobs created, including: three police officers, two fire fighters, and two code enforcement officers. Ryan released a statement after the adoption which said quote."I'm happy that City Council saw merit in my proposal and decided to invest in our future. Together, we provided investments for new police officers, firefighters, code enforcement officers, while also increasing funding to improve our roads and provide further opportunities for our youth" "One of the responsibilities of a budget is that it reflects the priorities of your community," Webb said. The adopted budget will now go back onto Ryan's desk. He says he will carefully look over city council's changes and he looks forward to signing a responsible budget.