MOUNT VERNON — City Council will consider legislation next week that will make clear its intent to use the additional revenue in the city budget to fulfill the promises made to the voters in the election campaign. Council met in a special work session Monday to discuss how to fulfill those promises.
“We have an obligation to give careful thought to how our funds are managed,” said Finance Committee Chairman Sam Barone, who said he thinks there are three things they should do:
•Affirm their commitment to add three firefighters and one police officer to the safety forces;
•Create a Reserve Fund that council could use to tackle unforeseen problems, take advantage of unexpected opportunities and to weather deterioration in economic conditions; and
•Show how they will allocate money in the General Fund to tackle infrastructure and capital improvement projects that have been neglected because of the budget crunch.
Because the 1/2 percent income tax hike approved by voters is designated to city safety forces, money freed by the reduced need to supplement police and fire budgets will be available for other city expenses.
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