Johnson City commissioners approved a budget for next year without the proposed property tax increase Thursday evening.
After a lengthy meeting, commissioners were back talking about city finances Friday morning. Johnson City commissioners held a five-hour meeting Thursday where they decided not to raise property taxes by 22 cents; instead, commissioners decided to put off some capital projects like fixing roofs.
This makes it possible for them to spend about $60,000 to keep the Legion Street pool open and hire six police officers. They also allotted money for the new farmers market site and gave $500,000 to the school system.
Assistant city manager Bob Wilson tells us the schools originally asked for a $3.5 million increase from 2013.
He says even though they'll have a balanced budget this year, property taxes will have to go up next year to pay for the capital projects now put on hold for a year.
The final reading of the budget is next Friday.