Newburgh City Council rejects proposed budget

After heated comments from homeowners and business owners, the Newburgh City Council rejected the proposed budget submitted by Mayor Nicholas Valentine.

Under the plan, property taxes would have increased by 71 percent and the city would have to lay off 59 employees, including 12 firefighters.

After the vote, Mayor Valentine stormed out of the meeting while saying, 'I hope you're happy. That's it. We are done.'

The members of the council, who were visibly nervous about the budget, say that they did not want to cripple the residents of the city with the tax burden.

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