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Budget: No tax increase, level funding for schools, four furlough days in City Hall
City Manager Beverly Cameron has released his proposed budget for next year to the City Council. You can read the transmittal letter, which summarizes the budget, here. Read more about the proposal in tomorrows Free Lance-Star, but here are some highlights:
- No real estate tax increase.
- No property reassessment next year. That task would be postponed to save money.
- Level funding for the schools. This means the 2 percent raises the School Board hoped to give schools employees arent likely.
- This is the third year in a row the city budget has shrunk. The proposed general fund budget totals $71.8 million–a 1 percent decrease from this year.
- City employees would take four furlough days–days that City Hall would be closed. That amounts to a 1.5 percent pay cut.
- Several service cuts are proposed, including the elimination of the school resource officer at Walker-Grant Middle School and cutting the rental housing inspection program in College Heights.
- Funding would be cut, either in part or completely, for most outside nonprofit agencies.