By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A final 2013-14 budget of $3,890,000 was approved by the Preston City Council on a 3-0 vote last Monday, following a public hearing no citizens attended.
The budget is $210,000, or five percent higher than last year’s budget of $3,680,000. The new budget will begin on Oct. 1. Officials said there is a three percent property tax increase factored into the fiscal plan.
The city took no property tax increase last year.
The city took three percent increases in 2011 and 2010. By law, cities, counties and other taxing entities can increase tax rates by three percent annually.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson said city officials worked and reworked budget figures, but came up with no way to avoid the tax increase this year.
“We had to take the increase this year. We wished we could have avoided it. But we had to because of inflationary factors just to keep our heads above water,” he said.
“The budget is really lean. We can make it work.”
The council did raise fees by $1.25 per month for a typical residential customer on garbage.
Hendrickson said he appreciates the opportunity to serve the citizens of Preston and the support he and the council generally receive from the public.
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