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Council Gives Thumbs Up to Tax Increase

The Amarillo City Council gave a unanimous consent yesterday for a tax increase in the upcoming fiscal year.

Members of the City Council voted unanimously for the first reading of an ordinance to raise the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year of 2017-2018. The increase was partially due to the bonds passed by voters in November of 2016. Taxpayers can also expect another increase due to higher property evaluations by the Potter-Randall Appraisal District.

In a Facebook post last month, Councilmember Eddy Sauer said that the Council voted against raising taxes other than the bonds passed by voters. In the post, Sauer said that the move was part of "prioritizing what's important."

Residents can expect an 8.33 percent tax increase during the next fiscal year.

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