First public hearing on city budget is Monday night

Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

The City Commission’s first public hearing on the fiscal year 2014 general government and Gainesville Regional Utilities budgets will begin Monday at 6 p.m.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the fire assessment, property tax rates and utility rates.

Based on a vote from a budget meeting in late July, the property tax rate is slated to rise from a little less than $4.50 for every $1,000 of taxable property value to just under $4.58.

With the biomass plant coming online, electric rates will also rise. The residential monthly bill for 1,000-kwh usage would rise about 10.5 percent, from $127.67 to $141.15.

Commissioners will also vote on the fire assessment rate, which will stay the same as this year, and city fees.

The second public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Sept. 19.

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