Mayor Brown Unveils City Budget

April 29, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News

April 29, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (Release)- Friday Mayor Byron Brown released his recommended 2011-12 City Budget, which will be delivered to the Buffalo Common Council. At a total of $462,329,677, the Mayor's recommended budget is an increase of just 1.0% over 2010-11 budgeted levels, provides property tax relief and resources for youth employment;enhanced public safety; neighborhood stabilization and revitalization; arts and cultural organizations; and environmental sustainability.

Major Initiatives:

-Property Tax: a 3-year freeze on property tax bills and a 1.3% business tax rate reductions.
-College Education: funding to spur a public-private initiative with the goal of assuring each and every student in the Buffalo Public School System support for college education.
-Youth Employment: sustained city funding for 900 jobs through the mayor's Youth Employment Program.
-Enhanced Public Safety: funding to hire 43 new police officers and 35 new firefighters.
-Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization: funding to support the mayor's "5-in-5" demolition and rehabilitation program and sizable investments in city parks.
-Arts and Cultural Support: one-time dedicated revenue for small culturals upon approval and implementation of a "red light camera system".
-Green Focus: increased recycling and energy efficiency efforts, brownfields remediation and revisions of city zoning codes with a new "Buffalo Green Code".