LOCKPORT – The Common Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to complete work on the 2013 city budget, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Thursday.
A two-hour session Wednesday night didn’t complete the spending plan, the last public version of which contained an 8.52 percent property tax increase, although officials said they want to avoid any tax hike.
The city hopes to save money on health insurance through negotiations with city unions, but deals won’t be done by the time the Council is to vote on the budget Wednesday. Tucker said the city will place target numbers in the budget and hope to meet them through talks with the five unions.
“If we don’t hit our number before Jan. 1, the clock is ticking,” Tucker said, explaining he means more cuts during the first quarter of 2013.
He anticipates nine or 10 retirements, with six or seven of them to come in the area of the budget funded by property taxes. Some of the jobs will have to be filled, he said.