Budget battles begin

By Jillian Marshall

March 25, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 2013-2014 budget battle has begun in villages throughout the Southern Tier, and less than two months ahead of the state deadline.

The village of Endicott is facing a more than $2 million deficit. But Mayor John Bertoni says he is pleased with the progress of the village's tentative budget.

According to Bertoni, the maximum tax levy will be 5 percent, but he hopes to drop that level closer to last year's 1.7 percent.

Cuts were made across the board, Bertoni said, but the village made up most of their deficit through early retirements.

"If it wasn't for the incentives, we'd be in a real big pickle here," Bertoni said.

The board is expected to announce a public hearing for April 9.

In Johnson City, Mayor Greg Deemie and the village board are facing a $10 million budget gap.

According to the proposed budget, residents' property taxes would be increasing nearly 10 percent, but that number is expected to shrink as the May 1 deadline approaches

The next village of Johnson City board meeting is April 2, and a public hearing on the budget is scheduled for April 16.