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York City Council holds final meeting about proposed 2016 budget

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YORK, Pa. -- The York City Council held its final public meeting about Mayor Kim Bracey's proposed budget for next year.

Mayor Bracey previously announced she wants to decrease homeowners' property taxes by 1% and raise the sewer tax by 6%.

Wednesday's meeting focused on the city's police and fire departments. Mayor Bracey says she will maintain the current number of police officers and firefighters, which she says puts the city in a much better position compared to last year, when four firefighter positions were cut.

"We have firefighters that will return to duty, as well as a full police department," says Mayor Bracey. "No employee is facing furloughs in 2016, and again, a tax reduction is proposed. We're hoping council will adopt that budget."

Mayor Bracey says city council continues looking for federal grant programs to help fund the needs of the police and fire departments without putting those costs onto taxpayers.