At the City Commission budget workshop held Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m., City Manager Tim Bennett presented a proposed budget to the commissioners. The meeting was tabled and will be continued Monday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this meeting. Bennett would like the heads of the departments to be at the meeting to discuss options for the budget.
In the budget, there is an increase in property taxes to seven mils; a 10 percent rate hike in Water and a 12.5 percent rate hike in Wastewater. The budget delays a rate hike in Natural Gas and delays adding a Fire Assessment Fee. The community development and administration would remain at full strength, the fire department would remain at full strength, the police department would be one officer down, the publics work department would have five employees, the water department would have six employees, the natural gas department would have four employees and the wastewater department would be without two employees.