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Greenville residents to see property tax increases

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The Greenville City Council meets on June 9, 2014 at Greenville City Hall. The Greenville City Council meets on June 9, 2014 at Greenville City Hall.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Greenville City Council approved a two-cent property tax hike for area residents Thursday night.

The move will lead to the average person paying an additional $30 a year in property taxes.

For Councilmember Kandie Smith of District 1, she's concerned her constituents won't be able to afford the tax hike.

"The extra $40 is what someone needs to keep their utilities on in my district," Smith said. "Many times that extra $40 is what someone needs to pay their medication so that they can survive."

But Councilmember Marion Blackburn says the tax increase is necessary to restore funding lost from the city's privilege taxes, which the state legislature plans to dissolve.

"I didn't sleep much last night because I take this responsibility very seriously," Blackburn said. "I think that the questions we need to say are why does Raleigh continue to cut our revenues."



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The Greenville City Council is scheduled to approve the 2014-15 fiscal year budget Thursday night.

Among the features of the budget, a possible two-cent increase in the property tax rate. Just a one-cent increase is estimated to cost an additional $15 a year for the average property owner.

Also tonight, Mayor Allen Thomas is expected to nominate a new person to the Greenville Board of Adjustment. 9 On Your Side has extensively reported on members frequently being absent to meetings which costs business owners a lot of money.
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