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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders are considering a budget that will require a tax increase. City manager Al Lott presented his budget proposal to city commissioners Tuesday morning.

It's a little more than $1-Million higher than last year's at $102.6 Million. Lott says while the city is doing better than some others, next year could be tough.

The city will have to contribute an additional $2 Million to pension plans. Plus, a new gang task force will cost the city about $1 Million a year.

Lott says the city needs to raise the rate by .71-mils. He said, "I believe the people of Albany and the commission, obviously since the voted for this, they will support the commissions policy to raise the taxes to pay specifically for that because this is a measurable and a visible benefit to the community."

Other increases in the budget include $75,000 for the SWAT team, about a half million dollars in extra overtime to comply with fair labor standards... and funding for the Flint RiverQuarium of $275,000.

The proposed budget does not include cost of living raises for employees, retreats for the commission or department heads, and it eliminates funding for fireworks.

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