York City Council approved a budget that holds the line on taxes and differs little from what the mayor presented a month ago.

But no one on the five-member council seemed too happy about it.

"I'm not necessarily pleased with this budget," council President Carol Hill-Evans said during discussion before a vote Tuesday night.

That's because the budget, balanced at around $96 million, doesn't address several changes proposed by council members during hours of discussion. Those changes included cutting funds for White Rose Community Television. They also included adding fire department personnel, something for which Hill-Evans advocated.

And then there's the looming debt.

Michael O'Rourke, the city's business administrator, said after the meeting the budget as approved will include about $200,000 to pay down the deficit in the recreation fund, and between $100,000 and $500,000 for deficit reduction in the general fund, depending on discretionary spending.

Those deficits currently stand at $600,000 and $6 million, respectively, he said.

The city is also anticipating a jump in the required contribution to its employee pension fund in 2015, O'Rourke said.

"It may be a gigantic spike or a moderate spike, or it may be little," he said, adding, "I tend to think it will be significant."

On Tuesday, the council approved adding $2,658 back into the city Human Relations Commission budget, after Mayor Kim Bracey zeroed out funding for several line items. The commission has been in disarray, with its executive director placed on administrative leave pending an audit of her old case files.

The council voted 4-1 to add funding, with Councilwoman Renee Nelson dissenting.

Hill-Evans, along with Councilman Michael Helfrich, voted against the final budget, which passed 3-2. Nelson and council members Henry Nixon and David Satterlee voted in favor.

Bracey and staff presented the budget in November. The city council then held its own meetings, debating the details at length.

In the end, the council changed little of the mayor's plan, and members seemed resigned to the work ahead.

"None of us are 100 percent happy with the budget, but I don't believe in using cuts as a punitive measure for any department," Nixon said. "There's more to be addressed ... We've got issues."

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