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Council Passes Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines

The Dubuque City Council has voted to adopt the budget and fiscal policy guidelines for fiscal year 2021, which calls for a slight increase in property taxes for homeowners. According to city manager Mike Van Milligan, the budget and guidelines provide targets and parameters within which the budget recommendation is formulated. The guidelines include a one percent increase in the city’s portion of the property tax rate. In addition, the budget calls for an increase of 12.26 percent, or $213.06 for multi-residential properties. Van Milligan says since 1989, the average property owner in Dubuque has seen an annual increase in their property taxes of about $8.06. He says in this current fiscal year, Dubuque comes in with the second lowest property tax rate compared to the 11 largest cities in the state.  The council will hold a public hearing on the budget February 17th. At that time Van Milligan will present the recommended budget document to the council. There will then be six public meetings to go over city departments and divisions budget details. A final public hearing will be held on March 26th to adopt the budget. The state deadline for adoption of city budgets is March 31st.

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