DECATUR – The Decatur City Council approved a new budget Monday night that includes tax increases.
The utility tax will rise to 8% but will sunset after four years on the amendment offered by Councilman Pat McDaniel that was approved by the council. The increase will mean a resident with a 100-dollar per month utility bill will pay 3 dollars more.
The Council also voted to raise the Hotel tax 3% to generate more than 240 thousand dollars a year in new revenue.
Residents spoke out saying the council continued tax hikes are along hurting business and driving people away. A proposed property tax increase of 14.6 percent will be voted on December 21.
The Mayor and Council members say raising taxes is a tough choice but there are not many choices left.