This does not compute:
The budget remains flat from last year, but the portion of it supported through property taxes will increase from $132.5 million to $134.9 million because the city will request the maximum levy at 2.9 percent, said Roller.
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The city has an estimated cash reserve balance of $25 million, twice the 7 percent to 10 percent of the tax-supported revenue amount that is required.
They want to raise $2.4 million through a tax increase while they're sitting on $25 million. Not exactly a "We feel your pain" messsage, is it?