Newark Mayor Cory Booker lays out budget plan
Newark Mayor Cory Booker laid out his budget proposal to city council members yesterday.
The budget aims to bridge a $180 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year.
The spending plan proposes a seven percent property tax hike, layoffs for 651 workers and cuts to city institutions. The property tax hike could mean an increase of nearly $292 per year for city residents.
Officials laid off 194 school employees yesterday, calling them in one by one and telling them to pick up their final paychecks by the end of the day. The cuts were carried out on Civil Service workers who are not teachers. The cuts were not included in Mayor Booker's budget proposal.
City officials will have two months to debate the plan. The council is expected to vote on the final plan by September.