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Property taxes could go up in Carbondale to pay for employee pensions

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Property taxes could go up in Carbondale, Illinois.

It was an idea batted around at the city council meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 18.

The money raised would be used to fund pensions for public safety employees.

The meeting began around 7 p.m. and lasted several hours.

Now, the council has made a motion to consider a tax increase to balance the city's budget.

The upcoming 2015 budget projections showed that Carbondale could go into the red if a budget cut isn't made to the city's general fund.

The other option, which was discussed  on Tuesday, is an 18 percent increase to property taxes. That would make up for mandated expenses for public safety pensions.

The required increases are nearly $150,000 for police pensions and just over $40,000 for firefighter pensions.

The motion will bring the issue to a vote on Dec. 16.

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