April 22, 2010

City leaders divided on 5.5 percent tax hike

A divided Board of Finance is moving ahead with a proposed $171.5 million spending plan that would hike property taxes by 5.5 percent.
Finance Chairman Rich Miecznikowski, who called himself “super conservative,” said officials “have done everything possible” to cope with plunging revenues and rising costs.
“I don’t think we want to get to the point where we cripple city services” or harm education, Miecznikowski said.
Fiscal overseers sliced nearly $1 million from the draft budget, but the plan still seeks to increase the mill rate from 25.99 to 27.43. CLICK HERE FOR STORY

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