UPDATED: City Council Has a Budget Agreement

The Burlington City Council has a budget and it includes a property tax increase.

It was put forward by Councilman Tim Scott, who says he wants to spread the pain over more departments and also increase some fees.

Administrative Services Director, Stephanie Stuecker, says the increase will be 28-cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.

The council voted 3-2 to set aside $100,000 dollars less than planned toward the city’s debt, a move City Manager Jim Ferneau doesn’t care for. Councilman Tim Scott, who came up with the idea, says it’s just for a year.

Other features of the budget for next fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th, include 5% increases in the fees at the Golf Course and RecPlex, an increase in First-Offense Nuisance Fees from $50 to $100 ($200 for second offense), and a doubling of the cost of a second garbage sticker.