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First tax increase gets OK
The City Council last night unanimously approved an increase in the Consumer Utility Tax that will equate to an extra dollar a month on most residents’ electric and natural gas bills. This is one of the tax increases that was proposed with the original 2010 budget plan.
This budget also calls for raising the real estate tax by four cents on the current values, or enough to get $1.6 million in new revenue. Once property assessments come out next week, we’ll know what the new proposed tax rate will be. The city has postponed the public hearing on the real estate tax rate from May 19 until June 9 (they have to advertise it 30 days ahead of time).