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Reaction to Sinnott Budget Plan

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Erie City Council next week will begin reviewing Mayor Sinnott's proposed 2014 budget. He unveiled the spending plan last night.

 There is no property tax hike. But it does include higher sewer and garbage fees. The plan calls for annual sewer fees to increase just over $35. The increase for trash collection would go up $28.

 Council President Jim Winarski said, "I'm not saying it is overdue. It is due. It is time to up it a little unfortunately."

 Council member Mel Witherspoon thinks Sinnott did a good job preparing the plan. But he hopes council can trim the fee hikes. 

 He said, "I think in today's society we have to do more with less. We may be able to do that."

Many taxpayers told us they were unhappy with the timing of the proposed fee hikes.

 Paul Kafando said, "Maybe next year, but not at this moment."

John Drew said, "I think he should have raised the fees gradually over the past couple of years. That way you don't feel it as much."

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