The following are the Facebook posts, written as Binghamton Mayor Rich David presented the 2017 City of Binghamton Budget, on September 13, 2016:
I will be at 2017 Binghamton Budget announcement tonight. Expect some tweets and posts live.
- As the proceedings start, Councilman MacGregor is not present. Mayor being introduced by Councilman Chris Papastrat. Mayor starting with LUMA success.
- Sales tax for Binghamton, 2nd largest revenue source, $10.6 million. $200,000 to be added by change from County Exec Preston in 2017.
- City pension will increase $300k in 2017. 2 police dedicated for public schools, and college will continue. 40 patrol cars will be equipped with cameras as of next week.
- City to hit annual 15 mile improvements to roads. Clinton street bridge to be finished 2017. $105k going to improve parks. War on blight has removed 55 buildings and “dozens” targeted going forward.
- Fairview program has 85% success rate. LED lights saved $400k thus far.
Video of Mayor David discussing status of budget – https://www.facebook.com/ElectMichaelVasquezNY/videos/523869547813311/
Video of live presentation on grants of Binghamton – https://www.facebook.com/ElectMichaelVasquezNY/videos/523867284480204/
- Commercial taxes to be cut .84% in 2017. Second straight year of commercial tax cuts.
Video of announcement on reduction in resident property taxes – https://www.facebook.com/ElectMichaelVasquezNY/videos/523868001146799/
Final words from Mayor Rich David on budget – https://www.facebook.com/ElectMichaelVasquezNY/videos/523867284480204/
Councilman Papistrat states after event that budget will allow for a safe, clean, fiscally stable Binghamton going forward
“Budget will make residents and business owners happy with first major cuts since 1998”, as stated to me by Councilman John Matzo.