If approved, the increase would be the first change to the city's tax rates or fees in four years, according to the proposed budget document.
The real estate property tax rate will remain at
The increased fees for emergency medical services would generate about
The budget proposes increasing the fee per ambulance transport by
The revenue from this increase would create funding for the city to hire a new fire and life safety employee, putting 10 employees on each of the department's three shifts, Wheeler said. He said the city also applied for a grant to fund the position and are waiting to see if the application is successful.
In addition to the new fire and life safety position, Wheeler proposed making one hire each in the police department, mosquito control and utilities. He said those hires would bring the city to a total of 148.3 full-time equivalent employees, slightly higher than the total number of employees the city had before the Great Recession.
The proposed budget also fully funds the
The city will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget
Reyes can be reached by phone at 757-247-4692.
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