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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - During a quick special meeting Thursday afternoon, Youngstown City Council approved the 2014 balanced budget. It totals $172,720,000.

Councilman Mike Ray says, "This mayor has tried to be aggressive and get his priorities on the budget so we do have to be good fiscal stewards and make sure that we are not over spending and we can stay within those parameters set in the budget."

The police department will receive over 18-point-five million dollars. The fire department will get 14-point-5 million. The water department will be operating within a 37-point-7 million dollar budget, while the waste water department will receive a little more than 24-million.

The 2014 budget also makes room to bring back positions that were eliminated from the water, street, finance and civil service departments.

Councilwoman and Chair of the Finance Committee, Janet Tarpley says, "We did have a buyout. And we took some of those positions out.. which was a good move for us to save money. Hopefully as this administration continues to be here, it will see what is really needed and what is not."

Six-point-one million dollars was earmarked for street construction. Seven point seven million for business development and 450-thousand for demolition.

As the budget is a living, breathing document. It can be subject to change.

 

 

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