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Miner Releases 2015-16 Budget to City Council for Approval

By Staff

 

stephanie_miner4Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her $674 million 2015-2016 budget proposal to Syracuse’s Common Council for review, and approval, according to a city press release.

Officials said the proposal includes $283 million for city operations, as well as $391 million for the Syracuse City School District. In addition, Miner’s budget does not include increases in taxes, water rates, or sewer rates.

“This budget makes responsible decisions and prioritizes innovation to ensure we are a twenty first century city on the move,” Miner stated. “From continued investments in programs like Say Yes to Education, we are demonstrating we are willing to make big ideas work for the people of our community. Additionally, by not raising taxes, water rates, and sewer rates, we are keeping Syracuse an affordable city where people can live, work, and raise a family.”

Additional highlights of Miner’s budget include a one percent increase in health care costs for the city, to $46 million; and a $2.1 million decrease in pension to the state beginning in 2016, due to a program Gov. Andrew Cuomo implemented, which allows cities to repay the state using a 25-year pension repayment plan.

Miner said state aid will remain flat, at $71.8 million.

The proposal also includes a $472,000 increase in building permits to account for construction projects such as the Hotel Syracuse, Excellus, Sibley’s, and Syracuse Savings Bank buildings; as well as a $110,000 increase for Parks revenue; and $1.5 million for Say Yes to Education, according to officials.

And, although it’s the smallest the city’s seen in since 2010, the budget also includes a $9.2 million deficit, which will be paid for out of the city’s cash reserves.

If the budget is approved, the city will have spent 38 percent of its reserves in the past three years.

Reportedly, city council will hold a series of public meetings to evaluate each city department, in contemplation of its approval of the budget. 

The following meetings currently have been scheduled:

  • April 9: Citizen’s Review Board, 10 a.m.; Fire Department, 10:30 a.m.
  • April 13: Police, 10 a.m.
  • April 14: Engineering, 4 p.m.; Water, 4:30 p.m.; Public works, 5 p.m.
  • April 15: Assessment, 12 p.m.; Management and Budget, 12:30 p.m.; Finance, 1 p.m.; Parking Violations Bureau, 1:30 p.m.
  • April 16: Downtown Committee, 5:30 p.m.; Crouse-Marshall Business District, 6 p.m.
  • April 20: Neighborhood and Business Development, 12 p.m.; Land Bank, 12:30 p.m.; Code enforcement, 1 p.m.; Common Council, 1:30 p.m.; Personnel, 2 p.m.; and City Clerk, 2:30 p.m.
  • April 22: Airport, 1 p.m.

City council said it will announce meetings for additional departments once they have been scheduled.

The city’s fiscal year begins July 1, and the council has until May 8 to approve Miner’s budget.

 Clcik here to view the mayor’ s full budget proposal.