Johnson City trustees working to close $11.4M budget gap

By Jillian Marshall

March 19, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If the Johnson City budget was adopted on Wednesday, Trustees would have had to find more than $11.4 million to fill a budget gap. But that number is expected to shrink considerably during the next month.

On Wednesday, Johnson City Trustees got a first look at a preliminary budget for the coming year.

The village's fiscal year starts June 1.

Mayor Greg Deemie said this budget is expected to be nearly $2 million more than last year's budget.

If cuts can't be made, the village would need a tax increase of more than 24 percent to make up the deficit.

But like the deficit, the percentage is expected to be reduced by the time the final budget is adopted next month.

"That's typical, we have to go through and decide what we're going to keep, what we're not going to keep. Where we could cut funding or add funding. It all depends on what we're looking at, what we think the needs are for the coming year," Deemie said.

Deemie said the budget needs to be completed by the middle of April.

An official copy of the proposed budget will be available for the public at the clerk's office starting Thursday.

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