Council members said they were left
confused by yet another budget proposal by Mayor A C Wharton. The mayor's
original budget plan raised property taxes to $3.36. Yesterday's proposal
raises taxes to $3.51.
That's a forty cent increase over the current tax rate and the mayor was not available to council members for questions on the new plan.
Jim Strickland said, "It's a little bit confusing.
Because he's proposed approximately twenty million in cuts but is also
proposing an increase in his already increased tax proposal. So I didn't have an explanation for
The proposal also includes cutting
back by four hundred employees; one hundred laid off and three hundred offered
But that comes with an initial price tag, and no indication of where the money would come from.