Plattsburgh passes city budget with small tax increase

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) After months of planning and reallocating funds, the Plattsburgh City Budget has passed.

The nearly $60 million for the budget came with few cuts. Mayor Colin Read says they moved some things around in the government so they can keep offering the same services at a lower cost. Read said the council worked hand in hand with him to cut costs where they were needed. He also said they were able to keep the tax hike under the tax cap. He said the average homeowner will see about a $35 increase in their taxes.

"Before we ever raise anybody's taxes one penny, we should always make sure we've done everything we can to reduce cost. That's where we started. But if you're on a fixed income and your income isn't rising, taxes rise-- it's still difficult. We always have to be mindful of how affordable our city remains," said Read, D-Plattsburgh.

This year's budget is about $3 million more than last year.

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