Gainesville City Commissioners Near End of Budget Discussions
Published September 10th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Gainesville citizens are going to have to dig a little deeper in their pockets when paying their monthly bills and taxes.
After months of budget discussions city commissioners decided the city fire assessment fee will remain the same.
But Gainesville residents can expect to see increases in property taxes and utility rates.
City fees are scheduled to increase five percent in October, something they do every other year in Gainesville
The city general government budget checks in at 107 million dollar, that's 3 percent more than last year.
Todd Chase was the only commissioner present who voted against increasing the millage rate to the rollback rate of 0.458 mils.
Chase says, "the citizens are continuing to pay for a government that's continuing to grow, in time where i dont think that's the proper message you need to be sending."
Increases for next fiscal year don't stop at millage rates.
GRU says that for average residential home using 1000 kw hours a month, monthly electric bills can go up by 10.56 percent or 13 dollars and change.
A final reading of the upcoming budget is scheduled for September 19th
The new fiscal year starts the first of October.
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