Tonawanda News — “This has been the most expensive year we’ve had,” he said.
Several council members conceded that the city has already sized down its employee ranks to skeleton crews, though did not immediately divulge whether many of the department heads’ requests would be considered.
The requests, which follow months of talks behind close doors, offer only a slim view of the funding tug-of-war that takes place between department heads and Ortt, leading up to a council vote. However, Ortt said when he released it on Oct. 8, that the budget meets his goals of reducing expenses while still providing services.
Ortt’s budget proposal is $2 million less than the 38,505,154 requested by department heads.