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Preliminary Auburn budget raises taxes, cuts spending

The Auburn City Council got its first look Thursday at a proposed budget that increases taxes but decreases spending.

The preliminary budget sets the framework for city’s budget season. Under the preliminary budget, the city is looking at a 1% spending decrease for the next fiscal year, with an overall budget of about $35.6 million.

As much as $300,000 could be used from the fund balance, Auburn Comptroller Rachel Jacobs told the council.

Jacobs continued by highlighting key changes to city expenditures and revenues. Personnel changes were made to Auburn Police, code enforcement and DPW/Parks, where positions were added or part-time positions became full-time ones. Other noted expenditures include various salary changes based on contracts.

A 2.4% tax levy increase (the city’s tax cap), a 0.5% sales tax increase and a 60% increase from code enforcement’s grass, snow and trash services were among the noted revenue highlights. The significant increase from code enforcement was because of part-time positions become full-time positions.

Following the comptroller’s presentation were presentations by civil service, municipal utilities, Auburn Fire Department, corporation counsel and the city clerk’s office.

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