Jacksonville City Council approves $91 million budget with no tax increase

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Jacksonville City Council members unanimously approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The $91 million spending plan includes a plan to hire more police officers, a general 1.5% Cost of Living Adjustment for other employees, and a 6% increase in Employee Health Insurance cost.

It also focuses on several other city projects, including improvements to the New Bridge Street sidewalk, Northeast Creek Park restrooms, the Riverwalk Marina and the city's paving program.

The Council also adopted a 2.25% increase in water and sewer rates as a result of pending city projects. In a news release, the city says residential bills will go up by less than $1.21 under the plan.

The current tax rate will remain the same under the budget, which goes into effect on July 1.