Dougherty said the 2014 budget was extremely complicated because of the water and sewer lease.
Yet council president Julio Guridy called it the smoothest process to approve a budget in his 12 years on council.
During the meeting, council also approved a 25-cents-an-hour pay increase to crossing guards who ensure the safety of children walking to and from the city’s schools.
The city has about 40 crossing guards who work split shifts totaling three or four hours a day, said Amy Trapp, Allentown’s human resources manager. She added their current starting salary is $8.50 an hour.
Council also passed a resolution that the city will review whether its emergency medical services department needs a third ambulance crew working overnight.
But that review won’t be done until July.
Schweyer explained city officials want to wait to see what impact the new federal Affordable Care Act will have on revenue received from insurance reimbursements for ambulance service. He said the expectation is reimbursements probably will decrease.
Schweyer indicated officials also want to gather more data about whether a third ambulance is needed operate at night. He said a few years ago, city EMS crews had to ask outlying ambulance crews to assist them at night about 550 times. But in 2012, such mutual aid was needed only about 280 times.