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Syracuse City Budget Proposal Submitted

By Ryan Morden

Oswego, NY – Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's budget proposal includes job cuts, an increase in property taxes, and an increase in fees charged for sewer and water services.

She submitted her proposal to the Common Council Thursday, April 8th.

In a statement, Miner said federal money was only temporary and state aid has been reduced because of the weaker economy.

Syracuse faces a multi-million dollar budget gap.

So the mayor is proposing to increase property taxes by nearly five-and-a-half percent.

Mayor Miner is also proposing a nine percent increase in fees for water and sewer services.

91 jobs are scheduled to be eliminated.

Miner's budget proposal maintains money for the Say Yes to Education program, and funding the demolition of unsafe buildings.

The city's fiscal year begins on July first.