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Austin City Council To Hear 2014 Budget

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
In just a few short hours, we'll get out first look at how much more you could be shelling out to live in Austin. The mayor and city council will hear the budget for FY 2014, and soon, you'll have the chance to weigh in.

As of this morning, the city hasn't released the specific numbers. In April, staff said city council could raise the property tax rate up to about 2.5% this year without voters' input. For the typical Austin home, that's about an extra $20 a year. Locally, the city says Austinites on average have the second-highest overall tax bill behind Cedar Park. Compared to other major Texas cities, the tax bill in Austin is second-highest behind Dallas. Still, city officials say Austinites have had plenty of opportunity to weigh in.

"We did not see any service area where people are saying we want that service cut, even if it results in the savings of my own pocket book, we don't want to see those services cut," said Ed Van Eenoo of the City of Austin.

The Mayor and City Council will get their first look at the proposed numbers at 9 a.m. Thursday. There's no vote, but Austinites will have the chance to sound off during hearings later in August. Council will vote in September, with the budget kicking in October 1.
Austin City Council To Hear 2014 Budget

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