Mayor Brown Uses Fund Balance to Balance Budget

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Mayor Byron Brown released his 2013-2014 budget proposal at City Hall on Wednesday.

The $482.5 million spending plan is lower than the current fiscal year's budget.

"I am very pleased to announce that I will not raise residential property taxes this year," Brown said during his budget address before department heads and members of the Common Council.

"This budget also provides business owners with an additional 3.2 percent commercial property tax cut," he said.

Fees like the Garbage User Fee and building permits will also not increase.

Brown said 50 jobs will be vacated through attrition, meaning they will not be filled following retirements.

The budget also uses $12 million from the city's surplus account.

"I have a slight concern," said North District Councilman Joseph Golombek, "but I want to take a closer look at it."

While the budget does not call for any layoffs, the jobs lost through attrition are of concern for Niagara District Councilman David Rivera.

"We have to look at exactly where those positions are and how painful it's going to be," Rivera said.

The Common Council will review the budget and possibly make changes. It must be returned to the Mayor's Office for possible vetoes by May 22.

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