Council members: City budget should include potential savings

The following letter, signed by 26 City Council members, including Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez, was recently sent to the mayor.

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

We write to encourage you to ask your administrative agencies to identify 5 percent in potential savings for Fiscal Year 2017 before you issue the preliminary budget.

This is an important exercise to ensure that agencies are operating at their most efficient, and that there is minimal waste. Beginning in 1982, prior administrations made a point to incorporate gap closing measures into yearly, city wide funding plans – whether or not a budget deficit was anticipated for the current year. Identifying savings has the benefit of contributing to the city’s financial stability by helping to cover gaps in current or future budgets by paring down agency spending, and avoiding the need for revenue-raising measures.

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