ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Elmira city lawmakers are getting their first look at the proposed budget for 2013.
The budget calls for $31 million in spending and includes a 2.9 percent property tax hike that amounts to $27 for a house assessed at $50,000.
City Manager John Burin says increasing pension costs were a major issue this year. They have increased more than $2 million in the past four years. He also had to lower his estimate for sales tax revenue after over-shooting by $800,000 last year.
Burin says the council has until March to approve the budget, but he expects the process will move along much faster.
"We try to get a budget passed sooner rather than later, because the sooner we can get a budget passed, the sooner we can go to the market for borrowing or whatever other things that we need to do,” Burin said.
The 2013 proposed budget also includes no increase on the 2012 sanitation fee, no layoffs and the continued funding of all public services.