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City of Tallahassee budget to be finalized at public meeting

City of Tallahassee budget to be finalized at public meeting
Posted at 4:47 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 05:13:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - After a dozen public meetings and workshops, the City of Tallahassee has a $906 million budget, ready to be adopted Wednesday.

This budget is a bit bigger than the last fiscal year's. About $30 million more for the operating budget, but city officials say they've made sure it's still a balanced budget.

The proposed millage rate, staying the same at 4.1 mills.

A 3 percent raise is slated for general employees, while collective bargaining talks are underway for police and firefighter pay. The workforce isn't getting bigger, aside from grant-funded positions and those funded through updated rate studies.

All in all, officials say it's a budget that meets the needs of the city.

"The good news is the economy is doing well," said Robert Wigen, the director of resource management. "We've seen a little bit of growth in property taxes, so we're able to focus that on police and public infrastructure, roads and sidewalks. And then, we've also gone through a reorganization where we've coordinated work schedules, where we've combined crews. We've made sure that we're working in the most efficient and effective manner."

Tuesday, Leon County approved its $253 million budget. The final public hearing about the budget is coming up at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The city will get another public safety update and there's a presentation about a property in Myers Park that is being looked at for future development.