With an unanimous vote Monday, the Dublin City Council approved a lower total tax rate and balanced budget for 2013-14.

"With the approval of this measure, we are giving Dublin residents a tax rate that is lower than in previous years and a completely balanced budget," said City Manager Nancy Wooldridge.

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 about the rate during workshop meetings and the rate was adjusted.

"I feel like everything we've done to bring this budget balanced will benefit the people of this community," said Mayor David Leatherwood. "We understand not everything was done the way everyone would like, but we did the very best we could."

Wooldridge and Leatherwood said the council fine tuned the budget to balance it without raising taxes. Wooldridge said the council worked hard to drop the city's tax rate to $1.1364 per $100 property evaluation.

Wooldridge and Leatherwood both agreed, saying the council and various city department heads worked hard to ensure the budget was balance and everything was taken care of.

"It wasn't easy," Wooldridge said. "We made lots of cuts and lots of hard decisions, but in the end I believe we came away with a very livable budget. One we can all work with and get behind."

In other business, the council discussed the removal of one-way signs around the old Dublin Middle School campus. Since the campus is closed, city officials see no reason to continue maintaining the unneeded signage. Public Works Director Cory James advised the council, in order to save those maintenance costs, he recommended removing the signs. The council agreed, voting unanimously to have the signage taken down.

The council then spent more than 30 minutes in closed session discussing newly-appointed city manager Wooldridge. 

After returning to open session, the council increased Wooldridge's salary by an estimated $450 per month, bringing the total to $56,000 with no insurance.