Monday night, council was presented with the proposed city budget. The total budget for fiscal year 2014 is nearly $148 million, more than a 1-percent increase from fiscal year 2013.
The biggest expense is once again city schools, which occupies nearly 33 percent of the budget.
This budget keeps tax rates the same, and gives city employees a 2 percent raise.
To increase revenue, large-item trash pickup and parks and recreation fees will go up. Parking tickets will go from $15 to $20, and the fine for illegally parking in a handicapped space will go from $100 to $180.
The proposed budget also includes an $11.18 million capital improvement program.
This is a preliminary stage of the budget; council will continue to work with city staff during the coming weeks before anything is finalized.
A budget work session will be held on March 14. March 19 will be the first public hearing on the budget.