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Jackson Begins Budget Hearings

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

The budget committee for the Jackson City Council have finished budget hearings with the city's departments for the next fiscal year.

Tuesday, heads of the city's various departments appeared before the budget panel.

City leaders said they plan to see a 3.5 percent reduction from last year's plan in every department's budget, except fire, police and health care.

The city's growth due to an annexation in the northwest section and increasing health care costs are the reasons there will not be cuts to
public safety and health care.

Under the plan, the tax rate remains the same, but the committee recommended residential garbage pickup be increased from $14.94 a month to $17.84.

"I don't think anyone enjoys going up on the rate, we didn't enjoy it four year ago, so nothing has changed," said Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist. "But obviously, we have to pay for the services we get. It's still one of the best rates in West Tennessee. As far as solid waste disposal and garbage pick-up."

The mayor said he is concerned that city employees will not be getting a raise and will see insurance premiums rise next year.

The budget will have to be voted on twice by the full city council before the beginning of the new fiscal year beginning July 1.
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