Binghamton Mayor Rich David also announced his 2019 budget for the City.
Mayor David outlined his plan for the city’s $94.75 million budget.
In hopes of improving public safety, he’s planning on overhauling the Police Department’s headquarters to make it more up to date.
David also discussed the continued ‘war on blight’ in the city along with the need for more parking Downtown.
The mayor also announced a 1.01% decrease in the residential tax rate.
He says this year’s budget continues the trend of what he’s done since he’s been in office.
“Really what you see is year after year you see consistency in regards to our ability to invest in public safety, infrastructure, economic development, grow our city reserves and continue to provide tax relief,” he said.
David also discusses his commitment to improving the condition of Binghamton roads.
He says the city has applied for more than $12 million in federal funding to reconstruct Main Street stretching from Front Street to Johnson City.
If the grant is received, the $15 million overall project would include new roadways, sidewalks, curbs, landscaping and lighting with construction beginning in 2021.