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Budget panel nixes proposed levy reduction

City Budget Committee members last week rejected a budget proposal that would decrease property taxes by 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

The Budget Committee met Tuesday, May 5, as part of its ongoing review of the proposed budget. It is scheduled to meet next at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Meetings are held in a combination of physical attendance, while meeting physical distancing requirements, and video conferencing.

Finance Director Brandon Neish explained the proposed 30-cent reduction in the local option levy funding police services. In keeping with a “sort of promise” made...