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Council to discuss 2014 budget

Published 7:01pm Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Austin City Council will discuss the city’s proposed 2014 budget and tax levy at its upcoming city council meeting Tuesday.

The council will meet at 5 p.m., before its regular 5:30 p.m. meeting, to discuss state-mandated levy limits.

City officials previously thought new mandates would require the city to decrease property taxes by 1.25 percent, but the state Department of Revenue has recently said the state would allow additional debt services levies for cities. That means council members could increase the tax levy by up to 3 percent, or to about $4.28 million.

The council cut several expenditures from the budget in August, including $22,000 for a job evaluation process for city employees, a $20,000 city sign at the Northeast Industrial Park, $5,000 for a water fountain at the dog park and $4,000 for police badges.

Council members also decided to postpone hiring a new police officer until March 2014, which would save $12,000 from the officer’s original proposed $74,000 salary in next year’s budget.

Council members will also discuss raises for several city administrators and hear an update on the city’s North Main Street flood control project.

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