The mayor talked about how impressively the city has done rising out of the recessionary years that began in his predecessor Pam Iorio’s reign and carried over to his first few years. One concrete example of how much better the city’s finances are is that instead of borrowing liberally from the city’s reserves to balance the budget, Buckhorn said he’s able to restore a million dollars to it this year.
The city has seen an increase in homicides this year, and the mayor talked about a number of summer programs for young people. He said there have been 6,300 teenagers involved in summer camps already in 2015. “Those are 6,300 young people who are not out on the corner, possibly making bad decisions and being in harm’s way.”