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January 10, 2013

City Council tax rate higher than in mayor's budget

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“We haven’t hardly spent any of the contingency money and probably won’t again, so we thought we would lower it,” Calnon said.

The council added $60,000 to the Plattsburgh City Library budget, which has been struggling in recent years.

NO LAYOFFS

Councilors also agreed to leave $515,000 in the retirement fund in anticipation that the city will get hit again with a large bill from the state in 2014.

There are no layoffs or service cuts in the 2013 budget, but Calnon warned that next year could be different.

“Just about every municipality in the state is dealing with pretty much the same issues we are, and when you have a cap in revenue, it gets really hard,” he said.

“We had a 35 percent tax increase here a number of years ago (2005), and we certainly don’t want to ever return to those days, but you can’t go on like this forever.”

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall; session are open to the public.

Email Joe LoTemplio: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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