WENY News - Elmira city council explores new ways to cut down deficit

Elmira city council explores new ways to cut down deficit

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Council members worked together Thursday morning to find ways they can cut down the city's proposed budget. Throughout the workshop, the council weighed options of funding numerous capital projects, like renovating Dunn Field and buying new police cars.

Members also brought up ways the city can increase revenue, like the possibility of charging businesses entertainment fees. City Manager, Mike Collins, proposed budget includes a seventeen percent property tax increase on residents to help cut down the city's deficit. 

"That budget really, and truly has significantly been reduced," said Collins. "With the help of department heads, our chamberlain and myself, it's very difficult to find monies within that budget to reduce significantly."

Collins says the city is looking to cut down their 2016 year-ending deficit of two-point-five million dollars.

"The proposed budget that I presented back in December of 2017 would have a surplus of about forty-five thousand dollars that we could meet the requirements, recommendations from the state and continue to work on the deficit," said Collins.

He says the next step is working on the proposed budget some more before putting it out for public comment on February 20. 

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