Sarah McKenzie

2015 budget in City Council’s court

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City Council members narrowly approved a motion Dec. 1 to reduce Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposed 2.4 percent property tax levy increase for 2015 to 2.2 percent. 

City Council Member Linea Palmisano (Ward 13) authored the budget amendment approved by the Council’s Ways & Means Budget Subcommittee on a 7-6 vote during a three-and-half hour budget markup session. The reduction in proposed spending amounts to a savings of about $620,000.

For a homeowner with a property valued at $180,000, the savings would be about $2.50, according to city finance staff.

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