YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown Mayor John McNally told WKBN Wednesday that he has a number of items on his wish list for 2016, but perhaps the biggest will be to keep a close eye on the city’s budget.
McNally said there will be economic challenges over the next twelve months, blaming a lot of that on decreasing income tax revenues because of lost jobs and business related to the oil and gas industry, which has been slumping around the world.
Still, McNally says he thinks layoffs and cuts in local government services can be avoided.
“I’ve told myself, and I told city council at the end of the year, that we’re gonna figure out a way to do this keeping staff the same levels,” McNally said. “My department heads know that’s my goal and my wish, and so when they’re preparing their budget documents, they need to pay attention to all those different line items.”
McNally said he expects that budget process will begin, at least informally, when city council meets Wednesday evening.