JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council has started its process of reviewing Mayor Sam Teresi’s 2013 city budget. During a work session Monday night, the council met with and reviewed the spending plan for both the city Public work’s budget and the city parks department budget. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman told the council that once again, the budget he’s looking at is very tight.
In addition to the public works budget, the council also reviewed the parks department budget, trying to find further ways to cut spending in 2013. During their discussion with Parks Manager John Williams, they explored the idea of cutting spending for both special events and festivities, as well as consolidating playground equipment. That was largely due to the cost of make the equipment safe for children to use. However, Lehman says consolidation of the equipment doesn’t mean removing it all from the parks.
NO decisions were made last night in regard to amending the mayor’s $33,452,000 proposed budget, which is up over $390,000 compared to the current 2012 spending plan. It calls for a tax levy increase of $896,000 – which equates to a tax rate increase of 6.44 percent.
The council will continue meeting with department heads and reviewing the budget next week.