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2015 proposed Longview budget: Taxes, sewer rates going up

2015 proposed Longview budget: Taxes, sewer rates going up
Longview News-Journal
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:48am

A proposed 2015 budget for Longview is about 3.79 percent larger than last year’s and calls for a slight tax increase, sewer and water rate raises and new fees for the city’s parks and sanitation departments.

The budget, which was unveiled by City Manager David Willard at Thursday’s Longview City Council meeting, also holds staff operations steady in order to spend about $4 million on George Richey Road and a new animal shelter for the city.

“A moderate growth has allowed the city to maintain our current level of services and operations even as costs of doing business rise, but it does not leave much room for enhancements,” Willard said. “With that in mind, we also realize that we need to prepare for large fund balance expenditures for the proposed construction of an animal shelter as well as additional work on George Richey Road.”

The $163.8 million spending document, including a $64.2 million general fund, will go before the council and Longview residents several times during the next two months before being voted on Sept. 4.

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