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Letters: Budget and PUD


Last updated 10/24/2018 at Noon

No Budget surprises

The mayor’s 2019 Budget letter says it is balanced and has no surprises. Sounds great following the mid-year financial review when the council was told 2018 revenues and expenses were tracking budget and there were no significant problems.

If you dig through the 160 page Budget for 2019, there are a few things that might be surprises.

The city’s real estate taxes are going up about $600,000 next year. The one percent annual rate increase cities are permitted without voter approval was accumulated and not used in recent years. It will all be used starting in 2019....

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