Commissioners, mayor plan to work to eliminate it

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 17:41 PM.

"My opinion is that this is not a time for a tax increase," he said. "Things aren’t that good. Our future doesn’t look that bright. People aren’t tearing down the doors to get here. We’re not expanding, and that’s not a time when you go up on the people that are here. You give them a break is my opinion.

"For several years I’ve been saying we’ve been needing to save for a rainy day and the rainy days are here and we’ve got to be tighter on our expenses."

The budget also proposes an increase in trash service from the current $13.95 per month to $16.77. No water or sewer rate increases are included.

The board directed staff to come up with a budget that didn’t include a tax increase, but Tillman said sales tax receipts and other revenue the city relies on have been decreasing.

"We did try to balance the budget as per the board’s directive but we just couldn’t," she said. "This is a very flat budget. Even at a two-cent tax increase it does decrease personnel by 1 1/2 positions.

"We’ve weathered a lot of storms without having to come to this, but unfortunately that time is now. This budget takes us into learning to live within our means. Usually I can find a bright spot, but this is a dismal budget."

Commissioner Will Lewis said he understood the economic situation.



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