Under Faranda's plan, the tax rate for the city's operating budget and voter-approved debt would stay at
The city expects to collect
The city's operating budget is significantly less this year because fire protection services are in a separate
Faranda said the proposed increase when the operating and fire protection budgets are considered together is "related almost entirely" to rising salaries and pensions.
"We do have a definite increase in the requests for services," Kaplan said.
Faranda's budget also includes a 2.6 percent increase in the city's fire fee, a
In order to balance the budget, Faranda is recommending the city no longer exempt government properties from paying the city's fire fee. He expects charging the county, school district and other governmental agencies for fire services would raise about
"To the government agencies, it may be very controversial to them," Kaplan said. "The commission has not discussed it."
The proposed budget keeps the number of city employees at current levels, Faranda said, 404 full-time and 102 part-time positions.
The proposed capital budget includes only three items: new radios for firefighters, eight new police cars and paying to complete a new fire station.
Commissioners are scheduled to hold a workshop on the proposals at
Public hearings on the budget and tax rate are scheduled for
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