AUSTIN -- Budget talks are underway at Austin City Hall, and Mayor Lee Leffingwell is taking a stand against any property tax increase next year.
“If we can't hold the line now, when we're probably doing better from an economic perspective than any city in the country, if we can't hold our tax rate constant in these times, when can we?,” said Mayor Leffingwell.
The proposed budget for 2013-2014 totals $3.3 billion, slightly higher than the current one.
Under that plan, property taxes would increase about 48 dollars a year for the average homeowner.
To keep that from happening, the mayor tells KVUE News he wants to cut $7.3 million from the budget, and suggests taking that money from every department except public safety.
The city council is set to vote on next year's budget later this month.