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York City seeks input from residents on proposed 2018 budget
With York City Mayor Kim Bracey’s administration readying its 2018 budget requests, residents will have a chance to weigh in on the outgoing mayor’s proposals.
A hearing for public testimony about the $100 million-plus budget will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at York City Hall, according to a news release from the mayor. That hearing will be followed by a meeting of the York City Council.
Just days after York City Council President Michael Helfrich defeated Bracey in the 2017 mayoral election, Bracey, Helfrich and their administration and council colleagues got together to begin the process of hashing out next year’s city budget.
During three separate hearings, nearly all department heads in Bracey’s administration told the York City Council they tried to “hold the line” on their budget requests, in many cases only asking for increases mandated by collective bargaining agreements, pension plans and state law.
Helfrich cautioned that the numbers tossed around during the initial round of hearings are not the final numbers that Bracey will submit to the council in her final 2018 budget.
With Bracey planning to fulfill her promise of a 4 percent reduction in property taxes, officials will have to find a way to trim roughly $800,000 from next year’s budget, Helfrich said.
Bracey will propose her budget to the council immediately following the public testimony hearing Tuesday, Nov. 21, Helfrich said.
While encouraging residents to voice their concerns or ideas for the budget during the public hearing, Helfrich also urged people to reach out to council members after Bracey proposes her budget.
“Residents should know the upcoming hearing is not the only time” to participate in the budget process, Helfrich said.
There will not be a public comment period when the budget is introduced at the council meeting, but residents will have an opportunity to speak about the budget before a vote is taken, Helfrich said.
However, Helfrich said it would be “more beneficial” if York City residents reach out directly to council members in the weeks between the introduction of the budget and a final vote to voice any concerns.
All three budget hearings can be viewed on the City of York Facebook page.