Dublin reschedules meeting to adopt tax rate, budget

JESSIE HORTON jessie.horton@empiretribune.co

The Dublin City Council's called meeting scheduled for Monday night was cancelled when the council did not have a quorum. The meeting has been reset for Monday, Sept. 24. at 6 p.m. The council is expected to adopt the proposed tax rate and new budget.

The proposed tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate, according to city officials. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 7.99 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $53.90.

Officials said they believe with the raised tax rate the proposed budget will be effective for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The budget will go into effect Oct. 1.

Mayor Becky Norris and City Secretary Rhonda Williams said earlier this month city officials and department heads worked hard to ensure the budget was balanced without any city employees losing their jobs.

"It really bothered all of us and they (the council and city officials) fought hard to find another way, any way to avoid an increase," Norris said. "But in the end, it was the only way."

Norris said officials cut everything possible from the budget, except personnel.

"We've taken out all the extras," she said. "When we started on the budget, as with any, department leaders each had a wish list of things they needed and wanted for the upcoming year. But in the end, we cut it all out so that no one lost their jobs. That was the most important part for us."