Auburn City Council members gave their thoughts on the proposed 2018-19 budget on Thursday night. They favored hiring some but not all the recommended new personnel and also like a plan to purchase software that would let homeowners track their water usage online.
City Clerk Chuck Mason said on Friday’s Finger Lakes Morning News there improve efficiency in the utilities department.
Councilors also told Police Chief Shawn Butler they’d like to see the cost of updating the department’s body armor in the budget. He didn’t include the expense in his budget proposal, but told council it would cost about $28,000 to update all body armor over the next two years.
The budget plan now goes back to City Manager Jeff Dygert for some tweaking before a public hearing is held at the May 24th meeting.
Council is expected to vote on the final budget on June 7. The 2018-19 fiscal year begins on July 1.