YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — City Council approved a $171.5 million budget just days after getting a copy of it earlier this week.
The budget had to be approved by Monday. The budget is less than last year because of a $3.2 million projected shortfall, which is the result of expected losses in income taxes and revenue.
A large chunk of the budget will go to repair roads and beautification of the city.
Sixth Ward Councilman Paul Drennen said a lot of work needs to be done around the city, including work involving the water department, the city wastewater sewer system and various projects. Even though the budget was approved in a short time frame, there are still concerns over what was approved.
“There’s still questions we have obviously. There’s still some things we may have been a little skeptical about. But it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. We’re always going to question where some money will go,” Drennen said.
Even though City Council members only had a few days to look through the budget, the finance department is responsible to see what money is coming and going into the city. If council members believe any changes are needed to the budget, they can move money around to make sure they keep a balanced budget.