BANGOR - Two weeks down, and several more to go, Wednesday's proposed 2015 Bangor budget covered aspects at the airport, as well as several city departments.
Those three, Planning, Business and Economic Development, and Code Enforcement, play an important and vital piece to the city.
Councilors commended those departments in response to the growth the city has seen over the past few years. Doing more work at a flat lined budget.
"We really do appreciate that, and it's an important department that will continue what it needs to do," Councilor James Gallant, says. "They're doing a lot more with a lot less."
Additionally the airport budget was discussed and despite the $1.4 million decrease in expenditures, it's still exceeding revenue.
Several areas of this budget, like that of revenue, will be reviewed over the next month, especially in conjunction with the United Airline service expected to arrive in June, which has created a positive despite budget issues.
"We will be handling their airline services as well," Debbie Cyr, Finance Director for the city, says. "So we'll be contacting those individuals we did have to let go last fall and give them an opportunity to come back to work."
"The airport is in good shape, but we just have to rework it and make sure they stay on the path that will help them get the most bang for their buck in certain line item areas," Gallant says.
Up next, city leaders will tackle the school budget, which makes up almost half of the total.
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