"We're not going to be running at a surplus anytime soon," the mayor said.
Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said he was glad to hear that Dyster would present the budget on time this year.
"It gives us more time as a council to look at it and to come up with creative ideas,"Choolokian said.
Last year the city council avoided raising taxes and significant layoffs in the adopted budget through amendments, the most significant of which was the decision to keep $3.1 million in state aid that had been passed through to USA Niagara Development Corp. since the state's local economic development arm was created.
Choolokian said he will not accept any tax hikes or layoffs in this year's budget.
"It's an older city so we definitely need the services, but we can't afford no more taxes," Choolokian said.