In a special meeting that lasted all of six minutes, Mayor Kamal Johnson presented the proposed budget for 2023 to the Common Council earlier tonight.
The good news for property owners is that there will be no tax increase. This is attributed to "the strong performance of sales tax, lodging tax, and other revenue sources."
Mayor Johnson quoted Council president Tom DePietro as saying this was "the smoothest budget season in history" and explained it was "due in part to department heads understanding the needs of their departments and their commitment to our city."
Johnson told the Council that ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds were being used to pay for a new finance, budgeting, and billing system. He explained that mayor's aide was now a full-time position because there were thirteen capital projects requiring oversight, hence the increase in salary for the position. He also noted that the salary for the housing justice manager was "fully funded by the Housing Trust Fund." DePietro later clarified that the money was coming from the ADLN (Anti-Displacement Learning Network) grant.
Johnson spoke of "a greater commitment to our parks, with the inclusion of funding for trees, soil, and landscape architect consultants."
The entire presentation can be viewed here.
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