Tall City Taxpayers Get Their Say on Proposed Property Tax Increase

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A long day and night for the Midland City Council.

Tall City tax payers showed up to put their two cents in on a proposed property tax increase in next year's budget.

The council chambers were filled to capacity, even more than Tuesday morning's hearing.

On Tuesday morning, the council voted to recess until Tuesday night, so they could give everyone a chance to weigh in on the proposed five percent property tax hike.

Last year, there wasn't a tax increase.

Many frustrated citizens say instead or raising taxes, the Council needs to cut their budget and tighten their belts.

"I expect the city government to do the same thing.  Not come to me, the tax payer to bail them out of their budget shortfall. If they looked really hard, if they went to their department heads and told them, you have to cut this percent out of your budget, it would happen," Tom Sudduth, who Opposes the Tax Increase, said.

This is the first reading of the proposed budget.

A second reading will happen on Monday and then the City Council will vote immediately after that.

The new budget will go into effect on October 1st.