Troy City Council rejects budget proposal

November 29, 2017 05:50 AM

The Troy City Council on Tuesday voted down a proposed $74-million budget proposal.

The city is facing a $2.9 million budget deficit.    

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"Tonight the City Council punted on its most important responsibility -- establishing a balanced budget to fund the operations of the city," Mayor Patrick Madden told reporters at a press conference following the council meeting.

Madden had previously recommend the council implement a $190-a year annual trash fee to balance the budget and promote the recycling of solid waste in the city.  But the council earlier this month rejected that plan.  Critics called the trash fee a double tax.

"To keep putting the burden on the taxpayer has to stop," Council President Carmella Mantello said.  "And that's what this budget did."

The Council is required to adopt a budget by Dec. 1.  If the Council does not approve an amended budget, the Mayor's proposed budget would technically take effect.  The council would eventually need to take action to close the budget gap.  


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