"Not only should we not touch it, we should increase it," said Ivins. "All the city elders say that reserve should be at least $10 million."
Paterson's cuts will have to wait for approval from the state Legislature. A special session on Tuesday, Nov. 18, yielded no results, and it is likely lawmakers will wait until the governor submits next year's budget before they take up deliberations. He's expected to release it early, on Dec. 16, several weeks after Saratoga Springs must pass its own.
The council will hold a budget workshop on Monday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at which time Ivins will present amendments to the budget and probably call for a vote to adopt one. The city may have the opportunity to amend the budget in December, as they must submit their tax rate to the county in January.""