YONKERS, NY — June 15, 2018 — The Yonkers City Council Republican Caucus voted to adopt a $1.19 billion budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year Tuesday night, June 13, 2018. The adopted budget contains increased funding to the Yonkers Public Schools and no cuts in services or layoffs while eliminating most vacant positions. The City of Yonkers Board of Education also received a “one-shot” of $8.8 million to help close the districts gap.
The Republican Caucus went through the budget line by line in an effort to avert layoffs and minimize the impact to the taxpayer. While the adopted budget includes an increase in the tax levy of 6.2% there will be no reduction in City services to our residents. The average home will see their annual property tax bill increase by approximately $560 or $46 per month.
Mike Breen, City Council Minority Leader, said, “this budget process has been a long journey. The most important part of our job as a Council is to pass a budget. Reaching into our taxpayers pockets is something I don’t take lightly and I’ve never wanted to balance the budget on the backs of our workforce with layoffs. This Council is now looking for the means to address budget issues early on before a budget issue becomes a crisis.”
“Two months ago the City Council received a proposed budget that included 185 municipal layoffs and 251 layoffs in the Yonkers Public School system. Over the last 8 weeks we combed through every line of this budget and in working with our colleagues, Mayor Spano and his finance team, we were able to restore all of those positions,” said Councilman Rubbo. “I must be clear, I am not happy with this tax increase. It affects me, my family, my friends and neighbors who have decided to make this great City their home. This vote allows us to move forward while working toward efficiencies in our government. Yonkers is better today then yesterday and we will be better tomorrow.”
“My colleagues and I worked very hard to get to the point where the adopted budget includes no layoffs or cuts in services to our residents. We made every effort to cut expenses and have put pieces in place that will put additional needed information in the Council’s hands during the year and for future budget deliberations, ” stated Councilman Merante.
The budget was signed by Mayor Spano and has now been sent to the Comptroller’s Office for certification.
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SOURCE: Steven Tvert, Yonkers City Council Republican Spokesperson