Working toward a budget that will not raise property taxes, Mayor Antonio N. Carbone and the City Council have begun toiling on the city's 1990-91 spending plan.
At three budget sessions this week, Carbone told each department head:
"The people have asked us not to raise their taxes, so we are asking all departments to work together to help keep costs down."
The preliminary budget contains requests that total $3.2 million for the fiscal year that begins April 1.
The current $2.8 million budget carries a tax rate of $34.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and increased the tax rate $4.63.
A tentative tax rate for next year has not been calculated pending a review of budget requests.
Carbone and the Council are facing the usual requests for pay increases, many of which will be determined during contract negotiations for the Public Works, Fire and Police departments.
Other requests include two new police cars for $30,000 and a new ambulance for $58,000.
The preliminary budget contains $50,000 to cover expenses linked to ongoing negotiations between the city and the Seneca Indian Nation for 2,500 land leases expiring in 1991.
The schedule calls for more budget meetings next week and adoption of a tentative budget at the Feb. 15 Council meeting.
A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 when the Council also could adopt the spending plan.
City Comptroller Linda Rychcik has estimated revenues for the new budget will be $1.8 million.
Last year they totaled $1.9 million, including $198,000 from a surplus account.
Before adopting a budget, the Council will have to decide just how much money it will use from this year's surplus, which is about $1 million.