Mayor Jon Mitchell says his proposed fiscal year 2014 budget takes a "steady as she goes" approach. Mitchell says his $263-million proposal will keep the city at status quo, while also restoring a third of the Rainy Day Fund.

The proposal sets $109-million aside for the school department, the statutorily required level. Addressing the City Council Wednesday night, Mitchell says incoming Superintendent, Dr. Pia Durkin has told him she can work with that.

Mitchell says costs in his office will decrease as well, and services in several departments are being streamlined and consolidated through the budget.

The Council will hold a series of budget hearings before giving the proposal final approval.