ITHACA, N.Y. -- The mayor of Ithaca outlined his plans for 2014 in his proposed budget. Svante Myrick presented the budget to Common Council Tuesday night.
The mayor says the city is still under tight budget constraints. His budget includes a 2.08 percent tax levy increase, the lowest since 2000.
Trash tags and water rates would go up and the city would cut four positions. However, a new position would be created in the police department. The mayor proposed a Deputy Chief of Professional Standards. That person would oversee internal investigations, among other responsibilities and report those findings to the mayor.
Myrick says the idea was prompted by several years of lawsuits, grievances and controversy between the department and the community.
"We've had a great many accomplishments, but we've also had some very public lawsuits, grievances, terminations. And along the way some segment of our population has lost their trust in our department, sadly. And I think that we can fix that because we have excellent officers," Myrick said.
Myrick also said he's calling on Cornell to increase its $1.2 million annual contribution. However, he does not expect to see more from the tax-exempt institution in 2014.
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