Council to discuss property tax hike

Published on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Those wanting to comment on the city of Blaine’s proposed 2011 budget will want to attend the next council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 8.

The budget includes a possible 1 percent property tax levy and staff cutbacks to balance an expected $120,000 drop in revenue.

Washington state law allows cities and municipalities to increase property tax revenue by 1 percent per year, which would add an additional $9,300 to the city’s general fund budget.

Other budget items being considered include increasing utility taxes and user fees as well as decreasing travel and training for employees, deferring the purchase of new equipment and decreasing the city cashier hours by two days.

Staff also looked at a 20 percent cut to the city’s street improvement fund, a 17 percent cut to funding of the Blaine senior center, a 14 percent reduction in funding to the Boys & Girls Club and the elimination of the city’s teen court and domestic violence commission funding.

The council is scheduled to make a final vote on the property tax levy during their November 22 meeting.