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No rate changes in Longview City Council proposed budget plan

No rate changes in Longview City Council proposed budget plan
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:14am

Across-the-board rates for residents will remain steady next year under a budget unveiled Tuesday to the Longview City Council.

In the first of a series of discussions by the council that will end in the Aug. 29 adoption of a budget, City Manager David Willard laid out the “conservative” $153.1 million budget that includes the purchase of a new firetruck and ambulance, additions to the Jack Mann Splash Pad, street maintenance work, the first installment of payments on a comprehensive plan for the city and raises for city employees.

“Even with Longview’s economic stability, there is still the need to budget as conservatively as possible, and although we have seen increases in the cost of providing services, we understand that, as any business or family budget, we at the city must also balance our expenses with the available income,” Willard said.

The city budget is on par with the spending plan for this fiscal year, with a $17 million decrease in property values translating to about $75,000 less in revenue.

Willard said the city also is budgeting to receive the same amount in sales tax revenue expected this year at $20.5 million.

“We just didn’t see a huge growth in revenue, so we didn’t grow our expenditures,” said Mary Ann Miller, assistant to the city manager.

Among the large expenditures was the completion of a market-based compensation plan designed to make all city employees competitively compensated.

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