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Council wants to keep tax rate at 41 cents


The Manchester Town Council would like to keep the 41-cent property tax rate intact for fiscal 1995, according to discussions at a budget workshop this week.

While council members did not discuss the complete budget picture for the fiscal year that begins July 1, they talked about working out a way to give a modest raise to town employees without having to raise the tax rate, Town Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Baldwin said yesterday.

"This is really a raw budget, there's nothing concrete yet," she said. Wednesday night, the mayor, council and town manager discussed several issues in the general fund, which usually makes up close to half the budget.

Among those issues were a 5 percent raise for employees, adding a police officer and buying a new town pickup truck.

Ms. Baldwin said the "raw" general fund for fiscal 1995 is slated to be around $613,000.

The town's tax rate, at 41 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, has remained unchanged for two years. This year's $1.5 million budget -- which includes the general, water, and sewer funds -- was about 25 percent higher than fiscal 1993's $1.2 million budget.

More budget workshops are planned for next month.


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