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Gainesville City Council to vote on tax rate increase at June 19 meeting
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After holding a public hearing at its June 5 meeting, the Gainesville City Council will vote on the city’s proposed budget at its June 19 meeting.

Gainesville officials have proposed a 0.5-mill increase in the property tax rate to fund transportation projects and raises for public safety employees. The increase would result in a $100 tax increase for someone with a $200,000 home. There is not a water or sewer rate increase in the proposed budget.

One resident expressed concerns about the millage rate increase at Tuesday’s hearing, saying the expense would add to other rising costs in her life.

Transportation priorities in the proposed budget include the Dawsonville Highway connector, Highlands to Islands Trail, roundabouts on Green Street and Park Hill Drive improvements. Public safety workers will receive more competitive salaries as part of an effort to retain employees who may otherwise leave for other positions.

There are not any other public hearings on the budget scheduled before the vote. The city’s new fiscal year will begin July 1.

Gainesville City Council meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

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