City Budget Talks
Gainesville tax payers like bob wilson, may be digging a little deeper into their pockets next year.
"We don't need more money I don't think, they ought to be looking at the expenditure side, rather than the revenue side," he said.
Property values in Alachua County are still on the decline, according to state predictions, which means the city will lose money next year.
"If we keep the millage rate, the tax rate, the same, the city will have less property tax revenues then we did for the current fiscal year," said Becky Rountree, the city's administrative services director.
Commissioner Thomas Hawkins voiced his support for bumping up the millage rate to maintain revenues next year.
"I'm more than willing to go to the roll back rate, even if it's an increase in the millage rate," he said.
Commissioners are also discussing changes to the city's bus system, which include expanding services for the east Gainesville community.
Whether that will be possible- time will tell.
"Based on what the forecast is showing, we have a small deficit... So they really is no money to play with, unless there are assumptions in our forecast that the city commission would like us to revisit," said Rountree.
Even though he opposes new taxes, Wilson hopes commissioners don't cut any more services.
"Reducing the city services to four days a week bothers me, concerns me; what are we paying for," he said.
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