It's official: The city will ask its residents for help.
After weeks of discussing possible tax hikes, the commission scheduled a special meeting for Monday to vote on legislation to increase the city's income tax.
Ed Widman, the city's finance director, said city manager Matt Kline will recommend raising the tax from 1 to 1.5 percent. Voters would decide on the proposal in November.
Widman said a 0.5 percent increase would raise about $3.5 million for the city, but the city wouldn't see that money until next year.
City commissioner Bob Warner said raising taxes is the only option -- the city can't cut enough to save itself.
"We need to save $1.5 million," Warner said. "There just ain't that much administration to cut. We could cut $400,000 in administration, but where are we going to get that other $1.1 or $1.2 (million)? We'd have to cut a half-dozen cops and half-dozen firemen, and I won't do that."
He said other commissioners and commission candidates may not support a tax hike because it's unpopular.
"That's not being responsible," said Warner, who's running to regain his seat in the November election. "I don't want to raise taxes. But the reality is what it is."
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