City officials on Tuesday signed off on the 2017-18 budget of $83.2 million and a millage rate of 7.9, which is the same as last year.
However, residents’ tax bills will likely increase because property values have.
A home with an assessed value of $100,000 and a $50,000 homestead exemption paid $395 in annual property taxes in 2016-17 but would pay $412 in 2017-18 because the home value has increased to $102,100, according to city records.
The budget includes 2.5 percent raises for employees not represented by a union. The city is still negotiating with the unions for the other employees.
Commissioner Mack McCray voted against the budget, and said he is tired of having to use reserve money to balance it.
The city is using reserve money because it is short about $400,000 it planned on receiving from increasing garbage rates. However the majority of the commissioners voted against increasing the garbage rates.
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