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Mayor's budget deals with $24 million gap

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Mayor Brown and City Finance Commissioner Janet Penska outline proposed city budget

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released his 2010-11 City budget. The Mayor's proposed spending plan total's $460,564,000. Brown released his budget at a City Hall news conference late Friday afternoon.

Click the audio player above to hear the Mayor release his proposed budget now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

The Mayor says his spending plan reduces residential property tax rates, holds the line on commercial proeprty tax rates and includes no new fees.

"This was a difficult budget," said Brown.

The proposed budget cuts spendning in every City Hall department. It calls for seven layoffs and the elmination of 43 police officer vacancies.

The Common Council will begin the first round of budget hearings Monday.