After a number of workshops discussing the 2013-14 budget, the Dublin City Council held its first public hearing on the proposed budget Tuesday. Following the hearing, Mayor David Leatherwood called yet another budget workshop.
Leatherwood said the workshop was to finalize some questions various department heads and council members had as the council worked to balance and finalize changes. City Manager Nancy Wooldrigde said the estimated revenue from the proposed tax rate, which is approximately $1.9 million, match almost exactly to the estimated expenditures for the next year.
"It's a very tight budget," Wooldridge said. "If there was any excess in a department, we cut it. It's tight, but a very livable budget."
At the last meeting, Wooldridge presented a suggested tax rate of $1.1979, up slightly from last year. She said the proposed rate and budget would get the city through the following fiscal year. However, some council members expressed concern over the rate and during workshop meetings for the budget, it was adjusted.
Wooldridge and Leatherwood said the council fine-tuned the budget to try and balance it without raising taxes. Actually, the council was able to lower taxes for the city's residents. Wooldridge said the council worked hard to drop the city's tax rate to $1.1364 per $100 property evaluation.
"The council and the city staff has worked hard to make sure we can lower the tax rate and still keep a balanced budget," Wooldridge said. "There weren't a lot of changes, hardly any at all really, but there were some areas we couldn't do as much as we'd hoped to."
Leatherwood said the council members and city staff met several times over the course of the past few months to work on the budget.
"I feel like everything we've done to bring this budget balanced will benefit the people of this community," Leatherwood said.
On Thursday, the council will hold a special called meeting following the second public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. The regular September meeting of the Dublin City Council will be held on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dublin City Council meeting room. At this meeting the council will take a vote on the proposed balanced budget.