Proposed JC Budget Includes 6% Property Tax Increase

By Jessica Light

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 15, 2008 at 11:25 PM EDT

People who live in the village of Johnson City got a first look at the proposed 2008-2009 budget.

It's a 20.5 million dollar spending plan.

It includes a property tax rate increase of a little more than 6 percent.

That means the average homeowner would pay about 291 dollars per thousand assessed value.

The village presented the budget at a public hearing Tuesday night...

Giving people a chance to ask questions and comment on the proposed spending plan.

"I think they'll look at Endicott and see that it was a 2 percent increase. Isn't it Owego that came in flat and I think the residents are going to be disturbed. If they can get it to a 0, a flat or a 1 or 2 percent by May 1st then it'll be a winner but if not, people are going to be upset again this year," says Ronald Jones of Johnson City.

The village will hold another work session Tuesday April 22nd.

It must approve the budget by April 30th.

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