January 9, 2014

City Council set to vote on 2014 budget

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors are expected to approve the 2014 budget tonight with no further changes.

The budget features a tax-levy increase of 2.32 percent, the maximum allowed under the state tax-levy-cap formula.

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The tax rate is $10.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The 2013 rate was $10.76.

“We can make internal changes to the budget throughout the year if we want to,” Mayor James Calnon said. “But we are not changing the tax levy or rate.”

The $54 million budget was put together by former Mayor Donald Kasprzak, who unveiled it last Oct. 1, as required by the City Charter.

The previous City Council had been reviewing the plan since then, joined by the newly elected councilors in budget sessions after the Nov. 5 election.

The new council took office Jan. 1, and Calnon shifted over to the mayor’s seat from his Ward 4 council chair.

The new council considered shifting funding in the Information Technology Department budget from the equipment line to the personnel line to create another position but held off.

“We decided to wait on that until we can do some more research on it,” Calnon said.

“But the money is there if we decide that is what we want to do later on.”

Information Technology Director Bryan Brayton told the council that he could use another employee in the two-person department to handle work on the city’s 300 personal computers and 119 printers.

The council will vote on the budget at tonight’s meeting.

The meeting begins with a work session at 5 p.m., followed by the regular session at 5:30 p.m.

Both are open to the pubic.

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