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City Manager Sharon A. Addison’s first proposed budget will be released to the public today.

On Friday, Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said there will be no surprises, since the Watertown City Council outlined weeks ago what it expects from the financial document. He and other council members received the spending plan Friday and planned to get a look at it over the weekend.

The mayor would not comment on it, saying the media would have to wait until today. The proposed budget is expected to be posted sometime today to the city’s website, www.watertown-ny.gov.

On March 26, Ms. Addison, who was appointed city manager in July, asked for advice in preparing her proposed budget after starting with a $41.38 million draft budget carrying a potential 34 percent tax increase.

Council members instructed Ms. Addison to appropriate $1.6 million from fund balance, find about $800,000 in cuts and set a maximum increase to the tax levy of 2 percent.

Two weeks ago, the city manager informed council members that she will abide by the parameters that they agreed upon. Ms. Addison proposed reducing the Fire Department by two firefighters through attrition. She also indicated that she wants to increase the sewer department by two “junior” full-time positions.

Water and sewer rates are expected to remain the same as in the current budget.

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