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City of Auburn sees 1.9% tax hike, 5.5% reduction in spending

Get ready for a tax hike. The Auburn City Council moved this week to cut spending moderately, but increase property taxes by 1.9%.

Total spending from the general fund was decreased by 5.5%, and utility rates – including water and sewer – would not increase, according to The Citizen.

Officials called the budget lean.

“We’re taking out a lot of discretionary items, things like that, getting down just to the bare bones, but those bare bones are pretty expensive,” City Manager Jeff Dygert told The Citizen. “The majority of our budget is personnel costs across the board.”

Questions loom at this point as to what the burden will be on local municipalities as the fallout from COVID-19 grows more intense. That’s partly because it’s unclear how cities like Auburn will be impacted one way or another when the economy begins to reopen.



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