City trims budget, proposes slight tax cut

Staff writer

After snipping and trimming line items from a first draft, Marion City Council voted Monday to propose a 2017 budget close to its 2016 budget.

The first draft would have meant an 11 percent property tax increase, taking taxes from 71.152 mills to 79.343 mills, pending equalization.

The new budget, at $10 million, included a slight decrease in tax rate, to 71.025 for 2017.

Biggest cuts from the original proposed budget were in police, street, flood, pool and administration costs. Cuts totaled $71,864. A public hearing on the budget will be at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at city hall.

Last modified July 14, 2016