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Wichita Falls city council finalizes 2016-2017 budget

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

A budget is set for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in Wichita Falls and no taxes will be raised.
But don't be surprised if your paying more.
    "It is generating about 1.65 percent more revenue because the base evaluation that the appraisal district does raised our property values," Glenn Barham, Mayor of Wichita Falls, said.
Mayor Barham said your property evaluation will determine how much you pay.
    "People that live in homes where their property evaluation went up will see a little bit of a tax increase," Mayor Barham said. "But the tax rate will remain the same. For those who had an evaluation that stayed the same, they are not going to see an increase in taxes."
The total budget is 167 million dollars, down a little over $6,000 from last year.
The largest reductions were in supplies, interest rates on water and sewer, along with job reductions. Getting rid of 14 city jobs is something they found necessary.
    "It's positions that staff felt like we could do without," Mayor Barham said. "Did they want to lose them? Of course not."
All in all, Mayor Barham said the goal was achieved.
    "I think everybody is pretty happy with this budget," Mayor Barham said. "It was a 7-0 vote. So it was a unanimous vote. Last year's vote was not unanimous. It just points out the dedication our staff has and the hard work they put in putting a budget together."
There will be a 14 percent decrease in water and sewer rates for wholesale customers.
Rates will remain the same for residential users.
Your garbage fee will go up five percent to cover the addition of a curbside vehicle and health insurance and retiree programs.

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