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Rockwood mayor says proposed new budget free of surprises

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Job should be easier for next leader

By Cindy Simpson

Rockwood will be considering final passage of a fiscal year 2015 budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase at its meeting Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. 

The property tax proposal would raise taxes from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation. Other than that and a 2 percent raise for city employees, Mayor James Watts said there are few big items that a future administration would have to deal with.

“What we tried to do this budget ― I’m going to be leaving this year on Dec. 1 ― we’re trying to put in the budget some very simple things,” Watts said.

“I tried to do it in a way when the next administration takes over, they are not going to be hit with any surprises.”

For example, Watts said there are items like an edging mower for the golf department, replacing vehicles in the park and recreation department and a  11 police cars for $87,600.

“What we are trying to do is establish a method of replacing cars every three or four years before they get a lot of mileage on it instead of getting to the point we have to buy used cars to get by,” Watts said.

That way, he argues, the city cars being sold retain more of their value and get a better return at auction.