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Auburn City Council get first look at budget proposal

Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert presented his preliminary city budget proposal to the City Council Thursday night.

The $43, 949,604 spending plan calls for increasing the tax levy, the total amount to be raised in taxes, by 2.28%. The tax rate would drop by 14.9%, but that doesn’t mean taxpayers will necessarily pay less, since the city recently reassessed properties, increasing the value of most residents’ homes. Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says there’s a lot of work still to be done before the final numbers, and the final impact on taxpayers, will be known.

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The preliminary budget proposal has about a $3.4 million dollar gap that must be closed. City officials say a combination of American Rescue Plan Act funds and the city’s $5 million dollar fund balance can be used to balance the budget. The city is in pretty good financial shape overall, thanks in part to the recovering post-COVID economy, leading to better than expected sales tax revenue in 2021.

Some city department heads presented their proposals Thursday night as well. The numbers will be tweaked over the next several weeks. The council hopes to approve a final city budget by early June.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.

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