Tiffer said the city has maintained affordable budgets despite having to deal with large costs mandated by the state, such as retirement-pension-fund contributions, the closure of the former Akey Landfill and arbitration rulings.
Also, health-care costs have also continued to rise each year, he said.
“A lot of these things are beyond our control, and we’ve been able to successfully manage them and our budget,” he said.
‘TAX BASE BIGGER’
Tiffer said development in the city has grown the tax base in recent years. He pointed to College Suites, a student-housing development on Broad Street at the former St. John’s Academy property, and Catherine Gardens on North Catherine Street, the former Seton Catholic School site.
“We put those two big properties on the tax rolls, and we’ve done a lot of other development as well, and we have been proactive in working with business,” he said.
He also pointed to a $26 million expansion that Bombardier Corp. undertook last year in the south end of the city.
“That is a huge investment for our city, and we worked with Bombardier to help them become more viable and grow.”
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