City Conducts Preliminary Review of Budget, City Employees to Receive Pay Increase

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The council conducted their review of the proposed 2013-2014 City of Murfreesboro budget at their May 23rd meeting.  As with previous years, the total budget of $113 million broke down to about 1/3 from property taxes, 1/3 from sales taxes, and 1/3 from all other sources.  About $60 million of that is personnel costs alone, and other basic operating costs.  City employees can also expect a 3.5% pay increase if the proposed budget is passed.  Most departments’ budgets remained effectively the same from the 2012-2013 fiscal year, with few surprises.  The budget goes to a vote for actual approval and passage later in the summer.  Police Chief Glenn Chrisman also gave an update on the Demos’ robbery, which occurred Monday, and for which all suspects are now in custody.  The Assistant Fire Chief requested to purchase new protective turnout gear, and the Airport Manager purchased a John Deere sub compact tractor and mower.  Finally, a public hearing was scheduled to consider annexation progress reports for various properties throughout the city; that hearing is scheduled for June 20th.

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