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Bristol Tenn. looks at higher property tax; water, sewer fee increases

April 14th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

The Bristol Herald Courier is reporting that city residents can expect to pay higher property taxes, water and sewer fees, under the proposed $53.3 million budget for the next fiscal year.

In a five-hour work session Monday, the City Council got its first look at the spending plan, which represents a $1.5 million decrease in spending from the current fiscal year.

The plan, which is scheduled to be voted on at meetings in May and June, currently includes an 8 cent increase in the property tax rate, an 8.5 percent hike for water and a comparable sewer service increase.

“I think we’ll probably go with the staff’s recommendations for a minor increase in the property tax and modest proposed increases in the fees to balance out those [water, sewer] funds,” Mayor Joel Staton predicted after the meeting at Steele Creek Park.

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