Ithaca Mayor Reveals 2014 Budget
October 1, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) Mayor Svante Myrick presented his 2014 Budget for the City of Ithaca. Here's how it breaks down.
The total proposed budget is $64,542,735. They did it with a 2.08% tax levy increase. The budget calls for an increase of four cents per 1,000 dollars of assessed property value. That's a $4.00 increase on a $100,000 home.
"That's going to be the lowest levy increase in the city's of Ithaca since the year 2000. The lowest in 14 years," said Myrick.
The water rates are up about 8%. The Mayor says that's because they're continuing to build their 37 million dollar water treatment plant, the largest capital project in the cities history. There are four layoffs in the 2014 budget. These include the Director of IT, Building Department Receptionist, Building Department Office Manager, and a Youth Program Leader in the Youth Bureau. They're proposing to merge the IT department and the City Clerks department into
one department of public information and technology.
They're adding one Administrative/Computer Assistant in Planning/ Building, one part-time Recreation Program Assistant, one part-time Youth Program Leader PSMP, one Recreation Specialist in Youth Bureau, one Part Time Administrative Coordinator in GIAC and one deputy chief.
But The Mayor is proposing to create a new position within the Ithaca Police Department, called the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards. Saying that, in the past, they've had many public challenges; lawsuits, grievances, and internal investigations.
"Along the way some segment of our population has lost their trust in our department sadly. And I think we that we can fix that," Myrick added.
The DCPS would take over internal and external investigations among other things. And will report directly to the Chief of Police and to the Mayor.
Common council has six weeks to make a decision. If they can't come up with an agreement, then they budget the Mayor proposed stands.