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Property Taxes Down, City Fees Up in Dubuque Budget Proposal

Van Milligen

With the Dubuque City Council about to begin its annual budgeting process, City Manager Mike Van Milligen outlined his recommendations at last night’s council meeting. Under the city manager’s proposal, property taxes would trend downward for commercial and industrial buildings, while staying flat for residential areas. That drop in property tax collections will be offset by an overall increase in utility fees. They will amount to about 49 additional dollars that citizens will pay the city for things like water and garbage collection. A couple of council members expressed concerns about Van Milligen’s recommendations. 3rd Ward Representative Kate Larson hopes to see city staffing levels increase as services are expanded. 2nd Ward Councilman Luis Del Toro was alarmed by debt levels he described as “budget creep.” The council will begin its series of budget hearings on Thursday. The process is expected to wrap up on March 7, when the council hosts a public hearing on its overall budget.

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