Dublin raises taxes in split vote

Jessie Horton jessie.horton@empiretribune.com
Dublin Mayor Becky Norris

The City of Dublin held a special called meeting Monday night to consider approving an ordinance setting the tax rate and an ordinance creating the 2012-2013 budget for the city.

After brief discussion on the budget, the council approved the ordinance, creating the FY 2012-2013 Budget for the City of Dublin by a vote of five to two, with Kenneth Lunsford and Gaylon Craddock voting against. During the discussion, Dublin Mayor Becky Norris said everyone on the council was already familiar with the details of the budget due to the long hours the members have put in trying to balance it. 

With the next measure, the council adopted the ordinance setting the tax rate of $1.1384 stating "This tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate." The council was split even further on the tax rate vote, approving the ordinance by a vote of four to three with Lunsford, Craddock and Jimmy Leatherwood against.

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. 

Before adjourning, Norris said she wanted to tell the council how much she appreciates all the hard work the council has done to balance the budget.

"There were a lot of hard choices and I truly appreciate all the work each and every one of you have put in," Norris said.

Lannie Lee, interim city manager, told the council he knew that members have been through several long discussions about the tax rate and the budget and he was grateful for everything the council had done.

"I know this isn't ideal," said Lee, who is also the city's chief of police. "I know the staff really believes this is the plan that is best suited for our needs."