Mayor Miner’s budget includes no property tax increase, closure of Fire Station 7
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – People in the city of Syracuse will not see an increase in property taxes, but will have one less fire station, under the budget proposal from Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The mayor submitted her 2013-2014 budget proposal to the city’s Common Council on Monday. It uses $18 million from the city’s fund balance to help close a huge budget gap.
Along with property taxes, water and sewer rates remain unchanged.
Miner’s budget does include the controversial closure of Fire Station No. 7, in the University Hill area. Neighbors in the area had fought to keep the fire station on East Fayette St. open.
The budget plan calls for the firefighters that currently work at station 7 to be moved to other stations. The mayor’s budget would not fill any of the 38 vacant positions in the fire department.
Sales tax is one of the few sources of revenue projected to increase; up $3.6 million from the current year to $79.1 million.
The mayor’s budget also projects $575,000 in revenue from switching to a private company to place boots on the cars of chronic parking ticket violators.
The Common Council must approve the budget.
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