PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Peekskill's proposed 2013 operating budget was released Monday and calls for the elimination of 40 full- or part-time city positions.
The budget proposed by acting City Manager Brian Havranek would eliminate 31 full-time positions, seven of which are already vacant, for a savings of approximately $2.8 million. Nine part-time positions would be eliminated for a savings of $164,349. Fifteen of the targeted positions are administrative, ten are public safety and six are in the Department of Public Works.
Havranek called the budget, his first as acting city manager, the most difficult budget he had worked on in his 29 years of public service.
“The current economic conditions under which we are currently operating is extremely difficult and although there are signs that the economy is recovering, it is not growing fast enough,” Havranek said.
The proposed operating budget for the city for 2013 is $51,493,103, which would carry a city tax rate increase of 6 percent, or $12.16 per $1,000 in assessed value. The current tax rate of $224.74 will be increased to $236.90. The average Peekskill taxpayer with an assessment of $10,000 will see an increase of $121.60 per year or $10.13 per month.
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