Briefing on Mayor deBlasio’s Preliminary FY 2017 NYC Budget: Budgeting Cautiously amid State and Economic Uncertainty

March 10, 2016. In his briefing of NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio’s FY 2017 Preliminary budget, FPI’s James Parrott highlights the following:

  1. Strong economic and tax growth used to further a different set of budget and policy priorities than predecessors: reinvesting in human services; committing new resources to address housing and homelessness; continuing and different investments in public safety; and changing employment and wage policies to aid workers.
  1. Cautious budgeting in the face of economic uncertainty: Outyear gaps have been reduced; City has a significant budget reserve cushion; new focus on budget savings and greater efficiencies promised in Executive Budget.
  1. Budget and tax cap proposals from Albany pose new risks for NYC: These risks have risen to a new level that departs from a 40-year history of City-State financial partnership.
  1. Still to be addressed: The City hasn’t yet focused on reforming local taxes to make them less regressive, especially residential property taxes.