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Council wants answers from administration on Youngstown’s budgets

Published: Wed, December 17, 2008 @ 8:44 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City council won’t approve budgets until Dec. 30 to reconcile the city’s expenditures and revenue for this year, and to allocate money for the first three months of next year.

If council doesn’t get the proper answers from the city administration about the budgets, its members could keep the discussion going “until the next morning to get it done,” Councilwoman Carol Rimedio-Righetti, D-4th, chairwoman of the legislative body’s finance committee, said today.

“I don’t think we will be here till the next morning, but we’ll be prepared with questions and the city administration will provide answers,” she added.

Council must vote to reconcile the 2008 budget before Dec. 31.

The city administration is projecting a $3.5 million shortfall for next year.

Rimedio-Righetti also said council needs “more dialogue and more information on the budget.”

Council members have a “standing invitation” from the administration to “understand and review the budget process of the city” with the finance department, but many don’t accept that offer, Mayor Jay Williams said.

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1scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Probably had a couple job reclasifications in there like YSU did to give someone a 50-60% raise. Council probably found it and are jealous-won't pass it unless they get theirs too.

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2Petunia(27 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

As far as I am concerned, all fingers point to Dave Bozanich. How long can one person maintain a dynasty in Youngstown, or is this a rhetorical question? First came the Phar-Mor/Strouss Building fiasco (the City lost over $500,000 on a joint venture deal involving the Erie Terminal); then the financial mess over the Chevrolet Centre with those wonderful people from Arizona; don't forget the original B&O train station financial aid given by Kubic and Bozanich; and of course now the yearly audits by the State disclosing such insignificant oversights like failure to monitor overtime and accrued vacation time of the police department and lack of control over time cards. By the way, has Anthony Saadey ever been required to pay back any of the money "loaned" to him for either the B&O, Anthony's on da River, or Silverado Studios, or were these all "grants". Recently the City forgave over $30,000 in demolition charges to local property owners. Maybe Youngstown needs a Budget Czar.

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