The Common Council will hold a special meeting tonight, to discuss and vote on the city's budget for the fiscal year beginning this July 1st. The mayor's proposed budget is for $153.7M.
The Republican caucus appears to support most of the controversial decisions by the Mayor, including the flat-funding of education and the reduction in contribution to the pension fund.
The single biggest proposed change from the Mayor's budget is to set aside $600,000 in a fund to pay for a state-mandated property revaluation. The revaluation costs about $1M, it was delayed to 2013 as a result of action by State legislators. The Republicans support the hiring of a city grant-writer, but propose that the funding only start 6 months into the year, allowing time for advertising and hiring. They also add a Parks Maintainer (annual salary $45,000) to improve upkeep of the parks, increase funding for Emergency Management, and reduce spending on the Remington Rand building by $200k.
On balance, the Republican caucus modifications do not lead to a dramatic change in the budget total, reducing it by $58,089.
The Council meeting will begin immediately after a community meeting that starts at 7PM, in Council Chambers.