Nick Halter

Rybak proposes first property tax cut in his dozen years

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Mayor R.T. Rybak on Thursday proposed a 2014 city budget that lowers the property tax levy by 1 percent, the first time he has cut taxes in his three terms.

A 1 percent levy reduction would mean that 70 percent of homeowners would see the city portion of their property taxes decrease or stay the same, said City Chief Financial Officer Kevin Carpenter.

In what will be his last budget as mayor, Rybak also proposed new cadet classes of 30 firefighters and 30 cops. His budget would also expand 311 service to Saturdays.

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