The budget dust has settled and with little public outcry the 2012-2013 budget was approved by the Board of Aldermen. For the first time in recent memory, the Aldermen approved a budget that was more than that submitted by the mayor. Lest we not be fooled, the mayor approved the additions made by the Aldermen, or the seven Republicans on the board would not have voted in favor.
The mill rate is going up but we have been assured by the mayor that most of us will see our tax bill go down because of re-evaluation. I did a quick check of what my bill should be and I guess my wife and I are the exception to the rule as ours will be going up about $200. Not a huge increase but still not a decrease.