Roanoke City Council adopts 2019-20 budget, tax rate

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Roanoke City Council approved its fiscal year 2019-20 budget and property tax rate at its meeting Sept. 10.

The adopted property tax rate will remain $0.37512 per $100 valuation. Roanoke has maintained the same rate since 1996.

In “Our budget hasn’t gone up tremendously. It’s conservative budgeting, I would say,” Mayor Scooter Gierisch said of the tax rate.

The council also approved an operating budget of $21.35 million, up 4.54% over FY 2018-19. Most of the bump is due to increases in health care benefits and 3.5% merit-based pay raises for city workers.

While the city expects increased expenses in the upcoming fiscal year, it is also expecting an increase in revenue. Roanoke is projecting nearly $21.4 million in revenue, a 4.65% gain over FY 2018-19. Most of the boost will be fueled by property taxes, which are forecasted to grow by 13.19% due to increased values and new construction.

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Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.
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