Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Proposed 2018 Newburgh city budget includes layoffs

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh is still facing tough financial times as officials must decide how to provide essential services without raising taxes.

The $38.7 million spending plan as proposed by City Manager Michael Ciaravino on Tuesday night includes some difficult decisions.

“The proposal contemplates a number of positions that will not be filled, possible layoffs as well as certain positions converted from full-time to part-time,” he told the city council.

While the city would like to be able to hire four new cops under a federal program, Ciaravino is recommending not doing that. The same would go for federally funded firefighters. In both cases, when the grants expire in two years, the city would be required to pick up the full cost of the personnel.

There is some good news.  The residential property rate would decrease by 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The commercial property tax rate would remain the same.

 


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