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$25.7 million Kilgore budget gets OK

$25.7 million Kilgore budget gets OK
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POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:44pm

Kilgore stays on a path of large capital improvements in a $25.7 million annual spending plan approved Tuesday, but the focus shifts somewhat from nuts-and-bolts infrastructure spending to quality-of-life projects.

The coming year’s budget, which takes effect Oct. 1, includes a 5 percent hike for water customers and a 2-cent property tax hike to .42 cents per $100 property value. Trash collection rates are not changing, though recently exchanging one weekly trash pickup for a recyclables pickup day is experiencing growing pains, City Manager Scott Sellers said.

“For the most part it is working out very well,” he said, adding that some residents are having to adjust to the limited number of trash bags that fit in the new, 90-gallon curbside trash bins on the one trash pickup day.

Sellers added that the water rate increase adds .48 cents to monthly residential bills.

The property tax increase will add $20 to the annual bill on a $100,000 home with no exemptions claimed.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal here.

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