Council proposes no tax increase in next year's budget

Members of city council took a stand against tax increases during their meeting on Monday evening, proposing no increase for next year's city budget. Councilman Bob Roberts first brought up the idea, remarking that he believed making the declaration now would help streamline the budget process later this year. "I would suggest that council take a stand and declare no tax increase. That way, all of the managers and all of the department heads know how to plan a budget that does not include a tax increase," Roberts said. Prompted by his fellow council members, Roberts turned the statement into a motion, which was seconded by Denny Nero and approved by all members of council with the exception of Rick Gabler, who was excused from the meeting.