The extra revenue also would slightly increase some city workers' salaries.
"We are trying to make an effort to support the employees," said City Administrator
However, property value assessments are expected to drop by 0.5 percent beginning in July, resulting in a
In addition to property value loss, officials are planning for a 15 percent increase in city employee health care premiums, all the while struggling to keep salaries sufficient to retain those same city workers.
"If we do nothing, the employees' health insurance costs are going to go up and it's just going to be more money out of their pockets," Kirby said.
The proposed tax rate of
Officials are concerned over citizen reaction to the proposed increase, and invite the public to speak at a public hearing scheduled for
"In this day and age there are people out there that are struggling," Kirby said, "and every increase in their expenses is difficult."
"We understand that people are dealing with a lot these days; it's a very uncertain world and the mayor and
The proposed tax increase is 2.6 percent higher than the constant yield tax rate, a state mandate designed to keep property taxes constant from one year to the next.
If a municipalty wishes to increase property taxes for any other reason than to supplement fluctuations in assessment values, and
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