YONKERS – City officials were scrambling late Thursday to iron out the final details of a revised budget to submit to the State Comptroller after his office rejected the spending plan adopted by the City Council earlier this month.
Council members will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to vote on the revised spending plan before re-submitting it to the comptroller. The 2012-13 fiscal year starts Sunday.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office said Wednesday it had refused to sign off on the council’s earlier, $958.7 million budget, citing concerns about insufficient Fire Department funding and the school district’s reliance on fund balance it’s not allowed to use.
At a council Budget Committee meeting Thursday night, city officials presented a new $955.4 million budget they said would address the comptroller’s concerns.
Under the revised plan, the city would use additional cash reserves and federal grant money to help restore 51 municipal jobs cut from the earlier budget.
That includes restoring funding for 27 firefighter jobs and three lieutenant posts that would have been left vacant under the previous plan, as well as firefighter overtime costs that had been cut.
The school district, meanwhile, faces a $6.6 million budget hole after the comptroller determined it could not dip so deeply into its fund balance.
To close that gap, the district has proposed relying on $1.1 million in one-time “spin-up” aid from the state. It would also restrict employees’ overtime, rework school bus contracts, defer payments and lay off two central office workers next fiscal year.
There would be no teacher layoffs, school officials said.
The Yonkers Board of Education’s portion of the budget would drop from roughly $520 million to $513 million as a result.
The tax-rate increase would remain 3.4 percent.
Other positions restored include 14 Public Works employees, six police officers and a mayoral staffer.