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40 Layoffs Proposed in 2013 Peekskill Budget

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Peekskill Acting City Manager Brian Havranek proposed a 2013 budget Monday night that calls for 40 layoffs and a six percent tax increase.

“It has been the most difficult budget in my 29 years of public service,” Havranek said. “The current economic environment under which we are operating is extremely difficult and although there are signs that the economy is recovering, it is not growing fast enough.”

Havranek said he began the budget process facing a $4.94 million deficit, which would have translated into a 35% tax increase. With his recommended reductions of 31 full-time employees and nine part-time workers, the citywide tax hike was placed at six percent, which would result in the average resident paying $121 more next year.

The full-time layoffs proposed by Havranek include 15 administrative positions, 10 in the Police Department and six in the Department of Public Works.

For more on this story, pick up the October 9 issue of the Northern Westchester Examiner.

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