Budget approval vote scheduled for Tuesday

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The deadline is almost here for approval of the 2018 Augusta city budget

Under city ordinance the commission is scheduled to approve the spending plan at its meeting Tuesday.

The budget includes pay adjustments for city workers and raises for deputies.

But to keep the budget balanced, a one percent franchise fee increase is included for city departments, like the Storm Water Utilities and landfill pay into the General Fund.

“It’s something we’ll have to review, I do not want this to come back to the taxpayer with increase fees, and today from what I’m hearing that’s not going to happen so that’s what we will continue to review throughout next year,” says Mayor Pro-Tem Mary Davis.

The proposed budget includes eliminating 78 long vacant positions including 30 with the Sheriff’s Office. Also a half mil increase in the fire services tax, that will cost taxpayers about 20 dollars next year on the average priced home.

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