Syracuse City Budget

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Syracuse Common Councilors Monday made a series of revisions to the Miner administration’s budget proposal that affect the police and fire departments, as well as the land bank.  Councilors are shifting a total of $2 million from police and fire overtime budgets to their salary lines in order to cover the cost of hiring more officers.  Council majority leader Steve Thompson was on the force for more than three decades, retiring as chief.  He says the department is already down 41 officers from 2014 due to retirements…

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Syracuse police officers are struggling to keep up with the number of calls coming in...and the department is looking for help from the city budget.  Councilors continued hearings on aspects of the proposed budget from Mayor Stephanie Miner.

Chief Frank Fowler pointed out to Common Councilors the workload is putting a strain on staff.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner released the final budget of her administration Monday, which she says was made more difficult by the late state budget and uncertainty about federal funding.  The $700 million spending plan includes $293 million for city operations, and $407 million for city schools, which anticipated $20 million in additional state aid.  But Miner says the state only came through with $12 million in its budget approved Sunday night. 

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Syracuse Common Councilors have approved a slightly revised version of the Miner administration’s $706 million budget for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1.  Like the mayor’s plan, there will be no increase in taxes or water rates.  Council Finance Committee Chair Nader Maroun says the option was there.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released her budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it once again holds the line on property taxes and water and sewer rates.    Miner says the $674 million spending plan is the result of continued difficult fiscal decisions that don’t require more sacrifice from residents of the 23rd poorest city in the nation.    

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Syracuse homeowners will be paying 1.5 percent more on their upcoming city tax bills in July.  The Syracuse Common Council approved the measure today to override Mayor Stephanie Miner’s spending veto.