For the second year in a row, York City is poised to approve a balanced budget that does not hike property taxes.
But there are some new expenses in Mayor Kim Bracey's 2014 proposal that the York City Council could target if council members want to trim the budget before approving it next week.
Most significant among them is the $550,000 pricetag on a new financial-management system. The city secured a grant from the state to cover $150,000 of that cost.
Business administrator Michael O'Rourke explained during a marathon budget hearing Wednesday that the city's current system became obsolete years ago.
"There are lots of things we can't do in the system we have," he said.
The administration is proposing to purchase the Microsoft Dynamics program.
O'Rourke said the new system will pay for itself in four years through improved efficiency. The city will also be relieved of paying third parties to perform functions the current system cannot handle, such as creating financial statements.
He estimated the city will save more than $800,000 over 12 years with the new system.
The council is also likely to look closely at a proposal from the Human Relations Commission to budget nearly $100,000 for salaries. The commission, which investigates discrimination allegations in the city, is currently staffed by one administrative intake specialist.
The request is an increase of about $30,000 compared to the HRC's 2013 salary budget. However, because the former executive director was fired in early 2013, the commission is projected to spend less than $40,000 this year on salaries.
The group of people recently appointed to the volunteer commission want to hire an investigator in 2014, said Karen Rollins-Fitch, the commission's acting chairwoman.
Eventually, the commission might also choose to hire a new executive director, she said.
The city's human resources department is also requesting a significant increase in its budget.
The department wants to hire a new administrative assistant in 2014, which would free other employees to focus on new-employee and supervisor training, O'Rourke said.
The administration has also added about $130,000 to the department's budget to pay labor attorneys representing the city in disputes, O'Rourke said.
"The goal here is to protect the city from liability," he said. "We could wing it, but we're going to end up paying more in the long run."
Council members are scheduled to consider the budget at their 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday.