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Kingston poised to OK budget today

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By Mike Gibson

Kingston City Council will meet today, Monday, to likely approve the city’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
A public hearing will start at 6:45 p.m. in Kingston Community Center. Council will convene in special-called session at 7 p.m. for the second and final budget reading.
The budget for fiscal 2013-14 was approved on first reading at the June 11 regular council meeting.
More important to most folks, Kingston officials approved a budget that doesn’t include a property tax increase.
Council unanimously approved a budget appropriation of around $5.5 million for the coming year. The water and sewer budget was close to the same.
The city appropriation included a line that would hold the tax rate at its current level of $1.1734 per $100 of property assessed.
After several years of holding steady, the city’s tax rate was raised by about 9 cents last year to help fund the purchase of a Ladd Landing building to house Kingston’s new city hall.