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Paterson council approves $41 million temporary budget

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Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration secured approval of a third temporary budget on Tuesday night.

Council members approved $41 million in emergency temporary appropriations to keep government running through December and January.

At the end of January, the city will have spent $152.31 million, according to municipal records.

This represents 53.7-percent of last year’s adopted budget, said finance director Marge Cherone. She said this is 4-percent last than where the city was seven months into the last fiscal year.

Council members approved the temporary budget in an 8-0 vote. Council members Al Abdelaziz, Ruby Cotton, Michael Jackson, Shahin Khalique, William McKoy, Lilisa Mimms, Luis Velez, and Maritza Davila voted in favor. Flavio Rivera was absent.

The city started its fiscal year in July. It has held departmental budget hearings and has produced an introduced budget.

Council members rejected the mayor’s $283.6 million introduced budget in early November. Some council members cited the 2-percent tax increase to vote against the introduced budget.

The council approved a 2-percent tax hike resolution in July. Through approval of temporary budgets, the council is spending funds raised through the tax hike.

Sayegh is seeking $40 million in state transitional aid, $13 million more than what was awarded in the last fiscal year.

Council president Davila has scheduled a special meeting to reconsider the mayor’s introduced budget.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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