Ogdensburg Library Faces Deep Cuts In City's 2018 Budget

Ogdensburg Library Faces Deep Cuts In City's 2018 Budget

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Ogdensburg city councilors approved the 2018 budget by a margin of six to one Monday night after a few hours of final adjustments.

Instead of getting rid of two positions on the police department, the city will now only eliminate one, plus trim that department's overtime budget by $10,000. 

No firefighter positions will be eliminated. 

The public library is also getting a much deeper cut, from $20,000 to $50,000. 

In all, the budget is expected to raise property taxes slightly. The budget also increases fees for water and sewer service. 

City Manager Sarah Purdy credited the department heads for helping with the process.

"They did a great job of scrutinizing all their expenses and their revenues and understanding that they really couldn't have much of what they wanted because we're in such a stressed financial situation," Purdy said.

Purdy also said she understands there will be a lot of frustration from the library board because of the significant funding cut.

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