Peekskill Holds Budget Hearing; Prepares for Thursday Vote

Peekskill officials are scheduled to approve the 2013 budget Thursday.

The Peekskill Common Council unveiled a $35.4 million general fund budget for  2013 during tonight's meeting.

Peekskill Mary Foster presented the revisions the Common Council made to acting City Manager Brian Havranek's budget proposal.

In addition to the general fund, about $1.28 million has been budgeted for the city's sewer fund, $7.9 million for Section 8 and $6.6 millon for the water fund. 

A public hearing on the proposal was held shortly after.

Here are the highlights from the Common Council's proposal:

  • There will be 18 layoffs, which is six less than what was proposed in Havranek's proposal.
  • Cuts spending by 2 percent, without using the fund balance.
  • Combines the planning, economic development, building and code enforcement departments and clerical staff. 
  • Merged payroll and personnel finance functions and merged cash collection functions with finance.
  • The tax levy increase will be 3.82 percent.
  • Retains full-time staff at the Kiley Center.
  • Preserves the city's pre-school and recreation programs. 
  • The average taxpayer will see an increase of about $73 a year in their bill.

The Common Council is scheduled to approve its budget on Thursday.


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