The City of Youngstown is still struggling to balance its budget but it's making progress. There's still debt that needs to be paid, though, and one department is asking council to consider giving it more money, citing a safety issue.
Thursday night, Finance Director Kyle Miasek presented an expense budget worksheet to council. As of right now, the city still has a deficit of $433,000 that needs to be balanced.
Over the next two weeks, Miasek said he'll be meeting with all of the city's different department heads, offering recommendations to help them "live within their means" and not overbudget themselves.
"You don't want to be giving departments more than what they need. That's why we have to task them, when they come to you, that they're asking for stuff that they really need, and they're talking about utilizing and spending that because when they don't and we're tight, it could come back to where we end up driving a fund into the red because we have excess in another fund."