Jacksonville is trying to make up for $2.4 million in lost revenue as it balances it's budget for 2014.
Jacksonville's city council held a budget workshop Tuesday night at city hall. The revenue loss stems from the Onslow County commissioners' decision to adjust the sales tax distribution policy in the county. While $700,000 in cuts have already been made, raising property taxes, or garbage pickup rates could also be an option.
"They are very cognizant of the impact of any fee or tax increase upon the rate payer. They are also though, very committed to keeping a high level of quality service to this community," said City Manager Richard Woodruff about city council members.
Woodruff tells us another likely possibility is that the city will borrow $1.5 million for one year from the water and sewage fund, and postpone any rate increases until 2015. The final decision on the budget will be made next June 11th.