Council eyes 1 cent tax hike

Increase will fund first employee step raise in four years

By Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle City Manager Craig Lemin makes no bones about it.

“The 2013-2014 budget has been the most difficult I’ve been faced with since I started working with the budget here in 2001,” he told Azle council members during a workshop held Saturday, Aug. 3, in council chambers.

Between the rising costs of employee benefits and added expenses of operating newer facilities, Lemin explained there was very little left to cover even normal cost increases, let alone departmental budget requests.


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