The board of the Binghamton/Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant is aggressively trying to cut spending at the facility.

Its proposed budget for next year, that was presented for a second time to a joint meeting of the Binghamton City Council and Johnson City Village Board of Trustees, calls for spending 31.5% less than last year's budget.

The $11.3 million proposal still carries a 23% rate increase.

The city and village lawmakers say that rate increase has to come down.

A final budget is due to be approved in October.