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Carbondale City Council approves tax increase

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

The Carbondale, Illinois City Council approved a tax increase at Tuesday night's meeting.

By a vote of 6-1 the council approved a 10 percent tax increase.

This is equivalent to an added $6 tax per every $100,000 of assessed property value, City Manager Kevin Baity said.

The city of Carbondale is in financial peril heading into the new year. They're faced with a nearly $200,000 shortfall in the general revenue fund.

On Tuesday night, they took action to resolve the issue.

The tax increase is projected to raise nearly $94,000, but that doesn't get the city out of the red.

The city now has a $80,000 shortfall in the general fund.

Baity said to make up the difference, cuts may need to be made.

He said anything from the general fund could be on the table. It's used for day to day operations for the city.

Items that could make the chopping block, Baity said, could be cuts to police or fire budgets, improvements to street projects could be halted and city jobs could be cut.

Baity said nothing is set in stone yet.

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