Education and police department a concern in Buffalo’s budget


TUESDAY: SUNNY HIGH: 72 5:57 THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOUGHEST BUDGETS SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE THAT WE’VE EVER HAD TO ENDURE :02 THE CITY OF BUFFALO IS STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY’LL SPEND MORE THAN $500-MILLION DOLLARS. THE 2018-2019 BUDGET NEEDS TO BE ON THE MAYOR’S DESK TUESDAY. THE BUDGET MUST BE APPROVED BY JUNE 8TH. TONIGHT– A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD FOR THE BUDGET. NEWS 4’S RACHELE MONGIOVI IS HERE WITH CONCERNS FROM RESIDENTS. RACHELE? DON…. THE MAYOR IS PROPOSING A LOT OF CHANGES IN THIS BUDGET. THE CITY HAS ALREADY HELD PUBLIC HEARINGS TO GET INPUT FROM RESIDENTS, AS WELL AS BUDGET WORKSHOPS…BUT MANY GROUPS ARE STILL QUESTIONING WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING. WITH ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO GET THE CITY OF BUFFALO’S BUDGET IN ORDER…. THE MORE THAN $513-MILLION DOLLAR SPENDING PLAN—IS PROVING TO BE ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST DIFFICULT. ((6:04 CITY SERVICES ARE INCREASING :05 (1)// 6:10 EVERYTIME THERE’S AN EVENT, A HUGE EVENT IN THE CITY OF BUFFALO, POLICE ARE NOT FREE, FIRST RESPONDERS ARE NOT FREE, HAVING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FULLY STAFFED IS NOT FREE, FIXING THE ROADS THAT LEAD INTO THESE VENUES ARE NOT FREE :24 (13) (BLUE) (14) MAYOR BYRON BROWN PROPOSED A PROPERTY TAX HIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS. HE ALSO WANTS TO ADD AN ENTERTAINMENT TAX ON TICKETS FOR EVENTS IN THE CITY. THE BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD AND THE TEACHER’S UNION– BOTH SAY MORE MONEY NEEDS TO BE ALLOCATED FOR EDUCATION. LAST YEAR THE CITY GAVE 15 PERCENT OF REVENUE TO THE DISTRICT…WHILE ROCHESTER CONTRIBUTED 24 PERCENT AND YONKERS..34 PERCENT. ((57:36 THERE’S NO REASON WHY THEY CAN’T ALLOCATE THE SAME PERCENTAGE AS THE OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 25 TO 35 PERCENT:42 (6) (ORANGE)// 57:04 THAT’S AN INSULT TO OUR KIDS AND IT’S BASICALLY AN ATTACK ON OUR KIDS :09 (4) (YELLOW) (10) OTHER RESIDENTS– SAY THEY WANT A SAY IN THE BUDGET PROCESS. ((1:20 WE NEED PEOPLE LIVING IN COMMUNITIES WHO ARE IMPACTED BY HOW THAT MONEY IS SPENT TO BE DECIDING ON WHERE THAT MONEY GOES:25 (5) (RED) SEVERAL PEOPLE ASKED THE COUNCIL TO SET ASIDE 5-MILLION-DOLLARS FOR PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING— SPECIFICALLY ASKING FOR A REDUCTION IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BUDGET. ((48:50 WE’VE SEEN THAT BUDGET GROW AND GROW EVERY YEAR, BUT WE DON’T SEE HOMICIDE RATES BEING SOLVED AT A HIGHER RATE, WE DONT’ SEE CRIME DECREASING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AT ALL :01 (11) // 49:10 IN A YEAR WHEN WE’RE SAYING THE BUDGET NEEDS TO BE TIGHTER, WHY IS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT INCREASING BY 2 MILLION DOLLARS? :17 (6) (17) (PINK) COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARIUS PRIDGEN SAYS THE COUNCIL IS GOING OVER THE BUDGET LINE BY LINE. THEY CAN RE-ALLOCATE MONEY FOR DIFFERENT THINGS- BUT CANNOT CHANGE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE BUDGET.

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  1. Wow the women at the end the crime isn't going down… This isn't CSI, or the Minority Report staring Tom Cruise. Police can't predict crimes and can't stop people from committing them you fool.

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