AUSTIN (KXAN) - City property taxes would rise and the pay for would increase for most workers under the proposed budget unveiled Thursday at an Austin City Council workshop.
The council got its first look at the $802.6 million General Fund spending plan that would add 47 officers to the Police Department, seven new Fire Department inspectors and $700,000 for 24-hour patrols of the hike-and-bike trails.
The plan would be paid for with a 4.8 percent boost in the property tax rates.With proposed fee increases rolled in, the bill for an ordinary Austin household would go up about $14 a month.
The city's General Fund Budget supports basic city services such as parks, libraries and public safety. The general fund for the current budget cycle is about $743 million.
The proposed budget would add $4.17 cents to the property tax bill for a home of median value in Austin.
The plan calls for 1.5 percent pay raises for civilian employees and sworn police officers. It would offer a new paid parental leave program for civilian employees. It would boost the city;s contribution by 5 percent to the employee benefit fund.
It also would also address what officials call the "critical staffing needs" in the development review office.
The council also received a review of the Capital Budget, which funds various infrastructure improvements, including the new public library and the boardwalk trail at Lady Bird Lake. Tax rates, utility rates and anticipated revenues will also be discussed.
This will mark the first of multiple budget work sessions happening throughout August. The council will vote on the final budget in September.
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