YONKERS — The state comptroller’s office has rejected the city’s budget less than a week before the new fiscal year begins, citing concerns about fire department staffing and the school district’s use of fund balance.
Mayor Mike Spano had proposed saving $6 million a year in fire department overtime costs by lowering the minimum per-tour staffing level from 54 to 48 firefighters before replacements can be brought in at time-and-a-half pay.
Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio, meanwhile, had sought to spare dozens of educator jobs in the 2012-13 budget, in part, by nearly depleting the district’s fund balance.
But the deputy state comptroller, Steven Hancox, wrote in a Wednesday letter that the city has not shown the budget has sufficient funding for the fire department in the 2012-13 fiscal year. He also said the school district’s appropriation exceeds the amount permitted under state law.
Spano’s office will have to try to submit a revised budget before the fiscal year starts on July 1.
The mayor is submitting a revised budget to the City Council for their approval, addressing the issues provided by the comptroller, said Spano spokeswoman Christina Gilmartin.
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