A day after a deal on a $75 billion city budget, watchdogs said Friday they were concerned that spending is increasing without a firm program to attack deficits forecast in future years.
“There’s no margin for error,” Carol Kellerman, of the Citizens Budget Commission, said of the plan negotiated by Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
“If something goes wrong, or spending increase more than projected because things cost more than he anticipates, he hasn’t exercised the discipline to plan for ... savings.”
City Controller Scott Stringer said the budget was “financially prudent” but that “we should look at how to create savings within agencies.”
The budget is $5 billion greater than the $70B budget adopted at this time last year, a 7% increase that reflects, in part, de Blasio’s expansive view of government.