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 The city of Burkburnett is proposing a tax rate increase of about five-percent. 

For a homeowner with a home valued at about $100 thousand, they will see about a $34 increase a year in addition to what they're currently paying on their taxes. 

The City Manager for Burkurnett, Michael Whaley, said the reason for the proposed tax rate increase is  because of a combination of city issues. 

"As everyone knows, expenses have not held the line.  They have continually increased for over the last 10 years. We're having to make an adjustment in the maintenance operations budget to bring it up to our current expenditures," said Whaley. 

Burkburnett resident, Bruce Deeb agrees with the proposed increase. 

"It's the cost of doing business. Basically the city is a business and you have to pay your bills. Nobody wants to see taxes rise, however you don't want the city to not raise your taxes and then, surprise, we need to play catch up," said Deeb. 

Whaley believes the proposed tax increase is something that Burkburnett residents, like Deeb will understand. 

"I think our citizens for the most part understand that this is a year that we're having to make adjustments," said Whaley. 

Tuesday, was the first of two public hearings to discuss the proposed tax increase. 

There will be another public hearing, Wednesday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Burkburnett City Council Chambers. 

If the proposed tax rates get approved by Burkburnett city council members, the rates will go into effect October 1st, 2015. 

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6