Binghamton Mayor Rich David said the Federal Budget Proposal will cut approximately $1.7 million in annual aid for the City of Binghamton.
The Proposal by President Donald Trump would call for the elimination of all federal funding to the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), provides resources to take care of community needs.
"The Community Development Block Grant Program helps improve neighborhood quality of life issues," said David.
Since 2014 the city has spent:
$820,420 on Public Infrastructure
$785,450 on Blight Demolition
$460,435 on Park Improvements
Mayor David called these programs some of the most popular with Binghamton City residents and warns they would be cut underneath the President’s plan.
This program must not be eliminated.
— Mayor Rich David
For the last 3 years in Binghamton, 97% of funds have been spent helping low to moderate income individuals, according to David. "Local taxes could skyrocket" to cover the costs of the CDBG being eliminated.
Mayor David highlighted two programs which could be negatively impacted if the CDBG is cut; the Boys and Girls Club and Action for Older Persons.