Council gets closer to approving city budget

By Jillian Marshall

Council gets closer to approving city budget

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council continues to try to slim down the city's 2014 proposed budget.

City council met with the parks, engineering and parking departments Wednesday night in attempt to finalize the $88.6 million budget for the city.

The proposed budget doesn't cut any jobs, but adds ten new positions to the city, including three police officers and two new firefighters.

Council members said they are close to approving the budget, but there are some loose ends that need to be tied, like a request from the fire department.

"They'd like a new fire truck, which is allocating $800,000 in funding and it's quite a lump sum," said Councilman John Matzo (R). "It all depends on if we can get part of the money from the mayor's budget. I'd be willing to go halves if he went halves on the fire truck."

City council and Johnson City Trustees approved the more than $11.2 million budget for the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Board Wednesday night. Their 2014 budget is 32 percent lower than last year.

The Board of Estimate and Apportionment will review final requests to modify the proposed 2014 budget Monday morning.

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