At 10:28pm Wednesday night the Rye City Council passed the 2011 budget. The budget was passed with a 2.16% increase but then with amendments the final tax rate increase was reduced to 0.97%.
Councilman Sack was a lone wolf pushing for additional cuts and fees that we have resulted in a zero increase. The council rejected his suggestions in a 6-1 vote.
Budget cuts were the subject on contention, especially cuts in the Rye PD. At the meeting City Manager Scott Pickup had words with omnipresent Rye resident Jim Amico who tried to make an issue around the police commissioner not being in attendance. Pickup said department heads were asked not to attend and called Amico's comments disingenuous and unfair.