Perry budget accord nixes property tax increase

mstucka@macon.comJune 9, 2014 

PERRY -- The latest city government spending plan would nix a property-tax increase by using a new fire fee.

Perry City Council members and Mayor Jimmy Faircloth appeared united Monday on the latest changes in the budget, which is largely a continuation of the current year’s budget. Faircloth said City Council is expected to vote on the budget June 17.

Among the changes from an earlier draft were the nixing of the property tax increase, since City Council last week approved the new fire fee. Residents and businesses will initially pay $10 per month, though that may change over time as buildings are evaluated for size and fire risk.

The fire fee helps cover the doubling of Perry’s fire department, which is adding a fire truck and last year expanded into a second location. For some homeowners, officials said, the fire fee may be less expensive than increases in insurance costs would have been.

The fire fee will begin showing up on bills next month.

In all, the city expects to spend about $12.3 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The budget recommended by City Manager Lee Gilmour avoids the staff cuts proposed in one version of the budget and the larger expense increases proposed in another version.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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