Waynesboro City Council is cutting back the city manager's proposed real estate tax rate hike after a public hearing Monday night.
Council is supporting an 80-cent equalized rate; the city manager built his budget on an 83-cent rate. Those 3 cents mean a difference of nearly half-a-million dollars in the city budget.
The proposed spending plan would add three new positions - including a zoning administrator and a deputy fire marshal - and pay off debt on renovations at Kate Collins Middle School.
"Our city's in pretty good shape. You can always spend more money, but we feel the taxpayers are still strained and property values have gone down. So, we feel government has to live within its means," said Councilor Frank Lucente.
Councilors say they'll leave it up to the city manager to trim the budget to balance it with an 80-cent rate. Council will set the tax rate at its meeting May 28.