'“City Budget will still be tough” with likely layoffs and tax increase.' Mayor Phil Amicone.
of next year’s budget depends directly on how much of your tax dollars are
returned to us by New York State,” said Mayor
Phil Amicone in his State of
the City Address; March 26, 2009. That was the warning issued by Mayor Phil
Amicone in his 2009 State
of the City Address delivered late last week, a call for help that found an
audience in Albany willing to listen. With the state budget now in place, the
city and its school district are poised to receive some $40 million in
temporary “one-shot” revenues that will help Yonkers close a projected local budget deficit of more than $100 million in coming
fiscal year that begins on July 1.
“Everyone should understand that we have more work to do,
and that next year’s budget will still be a tough one. However, our state
legislative delegation was able to secure some temporary one-shot revenues that
will significantly help our bottom line,” Mayor Amicone explained.
“Unfortunately, there is no way to close the budget deficit
without a tax increase and more budget cuts including layoffs, but this revenue
will help us avoid large scale tax increases, massive layoffs and service
reductions we would other wise have to consider,” he said.
Mayor Amicone made it clear that, while absolutely critical,
these revenues were short term fixes that will apply only to next year’s
budget. He said more progress must be made in future state budgets,
particularly in making adjustments to the state education funding formula,
which has under-funded the city’s schools for years. Read more
about the state education funding formula here.
Mayor Amicone will release his Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
on April 15. It will include proposed revenues and expenses for the city’s
municipal operations and a proposed funding appropriation for the city’s school