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White Plains City Council Discusses Public Works Budget

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Common Council members discuss the budget with Public Works Commissioner Bud Nicoletti.
Common Council members discuss the budget with Public Works Commissioner Bud Nicoletti.

Under the proposed 2012-13 budget, the City of White Plains Department of Public Works would see an increase of just under $500,000 in its spending.

Public Works Commissioner Bud Nicoletti answered questions from the Common Council last Monday on his department’s proposed budget.

A nearly $1.2 million increase in the cost of street repairs, from $4.1 million to $5.3 million, is offset by an approximately $850,000 decrease in budgeted snow removal costs – due partially to this year’s mild winter – as well as a nearly $600,000 decrease in costs allotted for leaf removal.

Nicoletti explained that his department had an abundance of leftover road salt because of the warm, dry summer.

“We did really have good news this year, because this was the oddest winter I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Public works is projected to see around $1.6 million of revenue versus almost $28.0 million in expenditures, with employee benefits climbing from $6,399,187 to $7,159,715.

Public Works was the first department to make its budget presentation to the Common Council. Next up will be the Public Safety and Parking departments, which will discuss their proposed budgets on Thursday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A public hearing on the budget will be held on May 7, and on May 21 the budget will be adopted.

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