Town pushes fi­nal bud­get hear­ing to Wed­nes­day

Palm Beach Daily News - - SOCIAL CALENDAR -

The date of the sec­ond and fi­nal pub­lic hear­ing on the town’s bud­get and prop­erty tax rate for 201718 has been changed to 5:01 p.m. Wed­nes­day in the Town Coun­cil cham­bers at Town Hall.

Last week, the coun­cil changed the date from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4 be­cause of a sched­ul­ing con­flict.

The pro­posed $81.5 mil­lion bud­get is 6.1 per­cent larger than this year’s $76.8 mil­lion bud­get and in­cludes a 5.4 per­cent prop­erty tax hike. Ma­jor ex­penses in­clude $5.4 mil­lion to chip away at a long-term short­fall in em­ployee pen­sions.

The bud­get takes ef­fect to­day.

State law re­quires two pub­lic hear­ings be­fore lo­cal bud­gets and tax rates are ap­proved. The hear­ings are nor­mally held in Septem­ber, but the sec­ond hear­ing was orig­i­nally resched­uled to Oct. 3 be­cause of Hurricane Irma.

— WILLIAM KELLY

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