Berlin to vote on budget that cuts spending, but taxes would still rise
The mayor and council are scheduled to finalize the city's fiscal year 2014 budget at the council's regular meeting at Berlin City Hall tonight. The budget is $31,688,533, a decrease of about $1 million from the year before. Berlin's tax rate is $32.31 per $1,000 valuation. If the budget passes as written, the tax rate will go up $1.44. Despite the lower spending numbers, there are projected declines in state and federal aid.
The council has proposed a $2,059,699 fire department budget, which would cut two firefighter positions. In the department's budget request, which did not include the staff reductions, retirement costs were projected to increase $97,696 over fiscal year 2013.
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