Mayor Joe Sinnott presented his $127,233,632 budget to Erie City Council on Tuesday night, saying it reflects the needs of the community.
Included in this budget are a decrease in outside contracting for paving in the Streets Department and no property tax increase. Residents, will however, see the cost of some of their fees, go up.
"There is an increase in sewer and refuse fees because we haven't had an increase in four years and the cost of doing business in those areas continues to go up annually, and we need to make an increase there," said Mayor Sinnott.
Mayor Sinnott said those fees will go up $9 per quarter for sewage and $7 per quarter for refuse and recycling. Even with the increase, he says, those costs are still lower than most
"We try to stay as efficient as we can and raise as little as possible, to make it more affordable for everybody."
As the budget stands now, the Department of Public Safety, which includes the police and fire departments, is seeing an increase from what they were given last year.
"It's what we need to provide the fire services to the citizens of the City of Erie that they've come to expect," said Chief Tony Pol of the Erie Fire Department. "And I think we can do it with this budget."
"The Mayor and his staff obviously know what they're doing when it comes to holding the line on budget items and I'm sure it's a very workable budget for us," said Chief Randy Bowers of the Erie Police Department.
On Tuesday of next week, both Bowers and Pol will sit down with Erie City Council to go over their parts of next year's budget.
The budget must be passed by December 31, 2013.