Yonkers mayor releases final city budget proposal

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone released his final proposal for the city's 2011-2012 budget Friday.

The mayor says the $918 million spending plan is not as painful as in previous years, and would not cut any municipal city workers, police officers or firefighters.

However, if approved, the proposal would mean a 4.8-percent hike in property taxes. The Yonkers School District could also be forced to lay off 700 workers and make major cuts unless the city and unions can reach a deal.

City Council members now have about six weeks to decide what, if any, changes they want to make.

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