Nine meeting hours, 400 pages of figures and countless questions later, York City Council is almost set to vote on a city budget for 2013.

Almost.

First, the five council members must come together on any changes to the proposed budget, submitted in November by Mayor Kim Bracey. The council can vote to change individual budget line items, a process planned for next week.

Council President Carol Hill-Evans said it's not yet clear what might be changed, or how long it will take. It will depend on individual members' opinions, she said.

"We'll find out," she said.

City officials presented the budget proposal, which includes no tax increase, at a weeklong series of meetings earlier this fall. The council then dissected the budget at two lengthy December meetings.

Discussion included:

--- Salary raises, both contractually required and given by the mayor

--- The future of the embattled Human Relations Commission

--- Staffing and overtime in the fire and police departments

--- The hiring of an assistant city business administrator

--- Funding for White Rose Community Television

Hill-Evans said she's worried about fire department staffing. Safety in the city needs to be paramount, she said.

How that can be accomplished through the budget process -- and what the concerns of other council members might mean for city finances -- remains to be decided.

"I still have some questions I'd like to ask," Hill-Evans said.

York City Council will consider changing items in Mayor Kim Bracey's proposed 2013 budget at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 11, at the end of its committee meeting.

The five-member council can increase budget line items with four votes in favor, and lower line items with three votes. The mayor can veto a change, but the council can override a veto with four votes.

Council President Carol Hill-Evans said she hopes to finalize the budget at the council's regular meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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