Council Says No New Taxes

The latest version of the Meridian City Council's proposal for next year's budget does not include a tax increase.

Last week, the council proposed a 1.5 mill tax increase. Since then, city officials have learned that property assessments are higher than expected.

Instead of 2.5 percent less, the city has about 1.5 percent less to work with after property assessments.

"I think that our council has not increased taxes in ten years and we really don't want to put the burden on the city," said Mary Perry of Ward 2, council vice-president. "Everything else has gone up, but we've tried to keep our citizens from having to pay more taxes."

Overall, the city's proposed budget for next year is $205,000 higher than the current budget.

The proposed budget for next year includes a two percent pay raise for city workers and an additional $100,000 to keep streets, ditches and rights-of-way clean.

"I think we'll be contracting some of this work out on our right-of-ways," said Mayor Cheri Barry. "Two years ago it was mandated that we do this by the state. So, we were given more area to take care of without the people to go along with it."

Meridian's general fund budget for next year is
$34,105,000. Council members are expected to approve a budget for the new year at their meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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