Mayor Schember laid out the 2018 mid-year budget report at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.
According to the mayor, the budget is in fairly good shape during this time. One major issue he noted was the revenue that the city expected to get from the sewer authority. That revenue fell short by about $900,000 causing a projected million dollar deficit. Mayor Schember says streets maintenance added a spike in the budget due to last year’s rough winter. The mayor says the city will try to reduce that deficit by cutting city jobs that are deemed unproductive.
“Every decision we make is trying to its best for the people of Erie and obviously one of the possibilities next year we haven’t really looked at this in detail yet, we might have to raise taxes,” said Mayor Schember. “There’s challenges in this budget, we’ll be looking at that.”
The mayor says next year’s budget will have projections that span over five years.