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BBB: Kingston Council approves 17-cent tax hike on first reading

Tuesday night, the Kingston City Council, on first reading, passed a budget containing a 17-cent property tax rate increase.

The budget proposed by City Manager David Bolling did not include a tax increase, but the proposal agreed upon this week came out of Council work sessions, according to BBB-TV. The proposal was approved in a 5-2 vote, and the second and final reading of Kingston’s fiscal year 2019-2020 budget is set for June 27th. A public hearing on the budget proposal will have to be held before that vote can be taken. If approved, the tax rate in Kingston will go from $1.45 to $1.62 per $100 of assessed value.

In addition, the Kingston Council, acting as the Water and Sewer Board, approved the Water Department budget for next year, which does not include a rate increase.

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