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CdA Budget Calls For 2% Tax Hike

On a 4-2 vote, with Councilmen Dan Gookin and Steve Adams (pictured) dissenting, the Coeur d'Alene City Council supported a 2% property tax hike for the 2012-13 budget. The action came after Adams reminded the council of his pledge not to vote to increase property taxes. This is from Susan Weathers' rough draft of the budget meeting minutes: "Councilman Adams asked about pay grade projections.  He asked if the top 20% of employees took a pay reduction.  Mr. Tymesen explained that to adjust pay grade would disrupt the scale by which positions are paid. Councilman Adams recommended that staff not be given the COLA and reduce employee wages as he believes that good leadership comes through sacrifice.  Councilman Adams also noted that pledged he will never approve any property tax increase and he is standing by that pledge."

  • You can read the rough draft of the minutes here and here.

Question: Do you agree with Councilman Adams that the city should balance its budget by not giving a 3% COLA to employees and reducing their wages?




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