Money is Tight; Let’s Spend More of it

Fiscal year 2012 begins on July 1, and we are facing a $300 million deficit.  Revenues are down, and there is no magic money (federal stimulus funds) coming to rescue us this year.
Given the deep budget deficit, you might think that the county government would be looking for ways to reduce spending. Nevertheless, the Leggett administration proposed to increase county spending by $76.8 million (about 1%) over last year.

 

The County Council, not to be outdone, finalized a budget this week that more than doubles the increase that Leggett proposed:  $168 million more than last year’s, representing a 2.2% increase.
The council will increase the property tax rate by 4.6% to help pay for this, along with the odious bag tax.

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