Auburn unveils first draft of 2018-2019 city budget

The city of Auburn released its 2018-2019 preliminary city budget with a proposed 5-percent tax levy increase.

City Manager Jeff Dygert and Treasurer Robert Gauthier discussed the 2018-2019 budget draft during Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting. Multiple department heads presented their individual budgets during the meeting as well.

A 1-percent spending increase is planned from the previous fiscal year, which puts the city's general fund budget at $34,287,715. The preliminary tax levy increase is set at 5 percent, which would be over the state tax cap. With this tax levy increase, the city would not have to dip into its fund balance to balance the budget. Garbage collection, sewer and water fees are not expected to increase.

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