Grand Island City Council approves budget; increase property tax


Grand Island approved a new budget for next year that will come a property tax increase.

The City Council passed a five cent property tax levy increase in a 6 to 3 vote.

Council members said it's been six years since Grand Island last raised taxes.

Three people spoke out against the tax increase while one resident said she's open to it.

"I still don't want the taxes to go up but I understand this is one of the big steps in getting the budget equal and so then we can work on improving it even more moving forward," Grand Island resident Jody Roepke said.

The City Council also passed to cut the equivalent of nearly ten full-time jobs.

That cuts will come from the police department, parks, the library and one administration job.

Mayor Jeremy Jensen said the new budget is the first-time in a while the city will bring in more money than it is spending.

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