Saturday, July 20, 2013

Star-News: Proposed McCall Budget Includes 9 Percent Tax Increase

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

A proposed spending plan for Fiscal Year 2014 would hit McCall property owners with a 9 percent tax increase.

The McCall Star-News reports that the McCall City Council has given a preliminary OK to a tentative budget, totalling $17 million. The lion's share of the tax increase—approximately $314,000—would cover increased operating expenses, including bumps in city employees' health insurance premiums. Another $86,000 would be earmarked for capital improvement projects.

McCall Mayor Don Bailey said the alternative would include possible layoffs.

"What this city is trying to do is to continue current programs and [that] level of service, and you can't do that by cutting 10 people from the staff or 30 percent off the budget," said Bailey, according to the Star-News. "It's expensive to run this city. There's lots of pieces."

When BW sat down with Bailey at McCall City Hall in June, hizzoner said he knows the cost of running MCall all too well, because he's the man who signs the checks.

"You quickly learn how damn expensive it is to run the city," Bailey told BW. "[The current year's budget] is a lot of money for a town of 3,000 people."

But before McCall's budget grows to nearly $17 million, the council will hear from the public at a hearing, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8, at McCall City Hall.

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