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Leander Council begins discussions on proposed $128 million budget

The proposed budget, which will be voted on in September, will add 21 jobs

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The Leander City Council Thursday officially began discussions of a proposed $128 million budget for FY 2017-18. City Manager Kent Cagle told council members the proposed budget lowers the property tax rate and maintains city services and infrastructure.

"We have definitely kept our commitment to voters," Cagle said. "This budget addresses our major goals of continued tax rate reduction, implementing the 2016 bond program, maintaining a competitive compensation program and addressing the service needs of one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.”

The city manager said by 2020, Leander will likely be the fastest growing city in the nation among cities with populations about 50,000. 

"The past several years has brought not only increased revenues, but also increased demands for services," said Cagle.

Among proposals in the budget that Cagle highlighted for the council Thursday:

  • The budget lowers the city's property tax rate by 2.1133 center’s per hundred. It is the fifth straight year Leander has seen a tax rate reduction.
  • The budget maintains city sewer and water rates. It is the seventh year in a row that Leander has not seen an increase in sewer and water rates.
  • The budget continues significant investment in existing infrastructure and continues implementation of the city's 2016 voter approved bond package.

The proposed budget, which will be voted on in September, will add 21 jobs, provide for pay increases, build ball fields and renovate an old fire station so it can be used for additional city offices. Despite the tax rate reduction, homeowners in Leander are expected to pay $73 more per year because of rising property tax values in the city.

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