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Layoffs, Program Cuts in $35.6M Peekskill Budget Proposal

Peekskill's Acting City Manager Brian Havranek's submitted a $35,650,045 budget proposal for 2013 to the Common Council Monday that would cut 31 full-time and 9 part-time positions.

 

A budget proposal submitted by acting Peekskill City Manager Brian Havranek would eliminate 31 full-time positions next year.

Havranek submitted a $35,650,045 proposal for the 2013 fiscal year to the Common Council Monday. The proposal represents a $388,937 decrease from this year's operational budget.

 The tax levy would increase $837,972, to $14,804,248, and the tax rate would increase 6 percent, to $236.90 per $1,000 of assessed value. The average Peekskill taxpayer would see an increase of about $10.13 a month in additional city taxes.

Havranek's proposal would cut 31 full-time employees, or 14 percent of the workforce, for a savings of about $2.9 million. Of those 31 positions, seven are currently vacant.

 "The current economic environment under which we are operating is extremely difficult and although there are signs that the economy is recovering, it is not growing fast enough," Havranek wrote in a letter to the common council.  "With that in mind, my directive to each of the department heads for the FY 2013 budget was of reduction and consolidation and 'to think outside the box'. This budget will enable the continuation of essential services to the community."

 A preliminary list of full-time being targeted for elimination include 15 administrative positions, 10 public safety positions and six positions in the department of public works.

 In addition to the 31 full-time positions, another 9 part-time positions would be cut, for a savings of about $164,349. 

 "Furthermore, a number of key management positions were only partially funded for the FY 2013 budget," Hravenek wrote. "The assistant city manager was budgeted for nine months of 2013, the city manager position was budgeted for the last quarter of 2013 (three months) and the director of public works/city engineer was budgeted for 10 months of 2013."

 Hravenek said he started the budget preparation process with a gap of nearly $5 million, which would have resulted in a tax increase of 35.3 percent. 

 He blamed a 21.5 percent increase in state pension costs, a 12 percent increase in health insurance premiums and shortfalls in revenue projections as some of the driving factors behind the city's increased expenses.

 Other measures that would be taken to decrease the tax rate include:

  • Decreases in the number of contractual lines
  • Salary freezes for non-union management
  • Substantial cuts to operational line items
  • Increases in general fees
  • Reductions in programs
  • Reorganization and consolidation of departments.

During Monday's work session, the common council scheduled  budget review sessions for Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Oct. 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and on Oct. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Check back for more updates as they become available. A PDF containing Havranek's proposal is attached to this story.

Silent Majority October 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
ps... Mr. Oluwa..I think you have outted people w/o realizing it. the person wrote their name under the Tag "disappointed" but you outted them as "Marie." I'm not sure if that was intentional or not but please be careful in the future not to out people like that because in a small town like this many MANY people know to hom you may be referring too. Just use their Pen name. If that can;t be used, then just delete the comment due to "executive privilege" as you are the editor and executive in chief of this great local news site. (please dont take this negatively as that is not my intention and don't mean it in any harm or fashion)
leesther brown October 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
@Silent you are exactly right...But the "Peacocks" that are following these "Fake Leaders" need not to base their life decisions on the advice from folks that don't have to deal with the results...What needs to happen is for good folks like yourself to come on out and let's show them the road out of Peekskill.......#dontcarewheretheygobutgtfoh..
enoughalready October 09, 2012 at 05:30 AM
I've waited too long to join this fray. First...I find it crazy to think that because you need to cut positions that they must not be needed in the first place. Especially talking about public safety positions. Then again..maybe its real to me because I actually live here..not Putnam Valley, or Mt. Vernon..or anywhere else. Close everything you need to..but I hope they have enough sense to not cut public safety positions. Keep my cops and firefighters...
leesther brown October 09, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Ha Ha Ha..You Ain't Telling Nothing But The Truth.....
Peekskill pride October 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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