Clinton Proposes Cuts To Lower Property Taxes


Clinton city leaders decided they want to lower property taxes for residents.

In order to save the average homeowner $13.27 cents annually, a little more than $260,000 needs to be cut from next year's budget.

In a recent budget scenario presented to council, the police and fire departments took a major hit. Residents and employees were worried about layoffs, but council members asked for a new budget proposal, one that would avoid layoffs.

At a work session today city officials found a way to make that happen. Clinton residents worried about police and fire layoffs showed up before today's city council work session to show support for public safety.

"I don't think it's worth taking the $13 dollars off our home taxes just to lose officers and firemen," Stephanie Stansbarger said. 

The truth is, most city leaders agree.

"The big cut was cutting personnel," 3rd Ward council member Edward O'Neill said. "To be honest with you, we came back here today, if it was three fire and three police, I'd probably have a hard time voting for it."

After last weeks work session, council members asked the finance department and city administrator to go back to the drawing board.

"The only presentation that was given to the council and the public was a potential reduction in police and fire," Clinton mayor Mark Vulich said. "This week, the budget cuts presented to council looked much different."

"We had meetings last week with the departments," Clinton finance director Anita Dalton said. "Proposing what you see below with the cuts, being mindful that no one wanted to reduce personnel."

Instead of more than $90,000 in reductions to police and $75,000 in reductions to fire, public safety only faces about $12,000 in cuts total. No personnel will be impacted.

"This was sort of the middle ground that was reached," Clinton city administrator Jessica Kinzer said.
And it's only a proposal. The deadline for a final budget is in mid-March.


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