Sarah McKenzie

Hodges' 2015 budget calls for 2.4 percent levy increase

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Mayor Betsy Hodges has proposed a 2.4 percent tax levy increase for 2015 — an increase accounting for inflationary pressures that would bring in an additional $6.7 million in tax revenue for the city.

“We must catch up with inflation if we wish to keep our basic services — already cut to the bone — functioning,” she said.

The mayor said that even with the proposed tax increase, about half of the city's residential properties wouldn't see a tax hike and some taxpayers would have a reduction in tax bills. 

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