As expected, Marathon OKs initial tax rate
|By William Axford, Florida Keys Keynoter, (Marathon, Fla.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The 2.3297 rate, or
The increased rate would be used to cover staff raises, an increase in health insurance costs, a citywide beautification effort and other projects. City employees have not had raises in five years.
"We have added beautification funds and raises for personnel who have not had raises for years," said Mayor
But Ramsay was clear he wants to address possible cuts in other areas as the budget process continues.
"What I would like to see is [city] staff accumulate a list of items that are absolutely necessary to the city," he said.
Fire and EMS service would take up the biggest portion of the general fund at
Total expenditures for 2014-15 are expected to be
Budget planners said the city has a three-month reserve (
"It's not a question of if it's going to happen but when it happens," Councilman
The council will review special revenue and enterprise fund budgets, which are not funded by tax payer dollars, at Tuesday's council meeting. That meeting is scheduled for
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