The Highland City Council will vote Tuesday on a $900,000 property tax increase for road reconstruction and maintenance.
If the council adopts the budget, the owner of an average $400,000 home would pay about $21 more a month, a 9 percent increase on the total tax bill. The city's collected portion of property tax would increase by 58 percent.
The budget actually calls for a $1 million increase $700,000 for road reconstruction, $200,000 for maintenance and $100,000 for park maintenance and construction but council members proposed at a June 7 meeting to cut an additional $100,000. According to city recorder Gina Peterson, city staff have figured out a way to accomplish that.
Adoption of the budget is likely given that a majority of council members are in favor, said Peterson. A Truth in Taxation hearing would then be held in August, as required by state law.
A tentative budget adopted in May called for a $1.5 million property tax increase. Also on that budget was a proposal to raise the $20 open-space maintenance fee, but that was dropped June 7.
The council's regular session begins at 7 p.m. in the Highland City Council Chambers, 5400 West Civic Center Drive, Highland.