Commissioners debate over 2014 budget

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at six o'clock Nov. 19, 2013

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)---A new budget is up for debate in Augusta and Commissioners did just that. Some on the commission want cuts in spending, others want to raise property taxes to make up for the budget shortfall.

City Manager Fred Russell offered some suggestions, including scaling back raises for city employees from $1,500 to just $500.
The administrator says the city hasn't raised the millage rate in five years.

He says an increase of just one mill could bring in up to $4 million dollars extra. Some commissioners were against any increase. Meanwhile, Commissioners Bill Fennoy, Alvin Mason and Donnie Smith want to include a 2% Excise Tax on manufacturing companies that could bring in millions.

Some argue property owners would not mind paying $1 a week more a year to help keep up the city. The budget discussion has be continued until December 2nd.

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