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Binghamton Council Discuss Budget

By Emily Girsch.
Today in Binghamton the city council met to discuss the budget.

Among topics of interest were stabilizing taxes for commercial and residential city properties.

Regarding taxes, Director of Economic Development Robert Murphy said, "The residential taxes have gone up a little bit and the non residential taxes have gone done a littler bit, so it's point zero one per thousand I believe...and the residential, I don't know the exact number but it's a low increase."

Murphy also said the immediate goals for the budget include planning for various future projects.

"Public safety and infrastructure as well as far as working goes and then having an economic development which is obviously where my interests lie," he said.

Officials believe these meetings help the council measure progress from prior years as well as analyze what areas still need improvement when planning the budget.