The council adopted the plan by a unanimous vote and without comment after a brief public hearing with no one voicing opposition.
The spending blueprint is 1.8 percent more than last year's budget and reflects an expected
It maintains the real estate tax rate of
It also calls for no new fees, but raises water and sewer rates by 4.9 percent effective
It is the second of five approved increases to pay for new and upgraded equipment and other rising expenses.
City workers received a 2 percent raise last year to cover state-mandated contributions to the
Police and fire personnel will get an additional bump in pay, a one-time salary adjustment ranging from a few dollars to several thousand, to get rid of what Baker described as "pay inequities" in the departments. That will cost
The plan also adds 36 full-time positions at a cost of
Teachers and other school employees, meanwhile, stand to get a 2 percent raise under the division's budget, which is set for a
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