Lockport Council to review fourth budget proposal
The town of Lockport may finally have a budget this week.
The town’s budget year began on July 1, but without an approved budget, the town can only operate on 50 percent of last year’s budget.
The mayor and council have yet to agree on a spending plan for this year because of debates over the town’s police department.
The Town Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 710 Church St., and hold a public hearing and vote on the new budget proposal.
This is the fourth budget proposal Mayor Ed Reinhardt has made to the council and the third time members are scheduled to vote on it. The previous two budget proposals failed for a lack of a second motion of support, meaning they couldn’t even be brought to a vote.
The town’s budget is about $885,000 per year. For years, the town has pulled about $60,000 a year out of its reserves to supplement its tax revenue.
Reinhardt has said he’s tried to stop this practice, adding the town hasn’t been operating within its means.
Council members are concerned that budget cuts were too focused on the police department and wanted to look at cuts to other departments.
The police department has the largest slice of the budget at around $535,000 per year. The latest proposal made at the end of June still included taking $43,000 from the fund balance to support the police.
If the town doesn’t approve a budget, it will continue to operate on 50 percent of last year’s budget, about $440,000. But that money could run out in less than six months, officials said.
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Posted on Mon, August 19, 2019
by By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer