Mayor Bell’s Budget Passes on First Reading with No New Taxes


The Lebanon City Council passed Mayor Rick Bell’s budget on first reading unanimously Tuesday night, May 16th. The main budget takeaway is that no property tax increase is proposed.

However, the mayor’s budget, which the Lebanon City Council will vote on second reading on May 30th, includes the following:

• Six new positions for the Lebanon Fire Department.
• Three new positions for the Lebanon Police Department.
• A six percent cost-of-living increase for city employees.

The Lebanon City Council will also add a position in the Public Works Department for a new sanitation position to help when others are on vacation or sick. The budget includes more than $55 million in the general fund and just over $45 million in the enterprise fund (gas, water, sewer, and stormwater).

Mayor Bell believes the City is presenting a conservative budget that will help navigate into the unpredictable economic climate throughout next year.


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