Small Turnout for Binghamton Budget Public Hearing

By Erika Mahoney

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a plan that lays out how the public's money will be spent next year, $62 million worth.

But few seemed to care enough to show up to talk about Binghamton's 2013 budget.

Councilwoman Teri Rennia said the turnout is disappointing because they're constantly fielding calls about the budget.

She attributes the turnout to apathy, and poor timing with the vice presidential debates and Yankees taking on Baltimore in the division series.

But Mayor Matt Ryan did address a concern that came via email from a local resident -- a concern about his proposed 10.8% residential property tax increase.

He said city council has already made progress on lowering that number.

"We have been working really, really hard, and we have cut a pretty substantial amount of money from the budget," said Rennia. "In order to get below the property tax cap, we will have to cut slightly over a million dollars."

Rennia said that property tax cap for Binghamton is 7.2%. She said it is city council's goal to get to that percentage.

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