City manager proposes $163 million budget with rate increases

City manager proposes $163 million budget with rate increases

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Brittney Kennedy's family owns a bingo hall that sits between Longview athletic fields and land where the city and Gregg County are building an animal shelter.

"I think it's bringing more community together, our community together, and more things to do, for sure," Kennedy says, but she's not happy that her water rates will increase at least 20 cents a month, some permits and fees are increasing, and a higher proposed property tax rate could mean more money out of her pocket.

"I think I already pay too much in water and electricity bills," Kennedy says.

It's part of Longview city management's $163 million budget proposal.

City spokesman Shawn Hara says the proposal includes $3 million for building a new animal  shelter and its first year of operations, and $1 million for the George Richey Road extension.

If approved as is, the budget has no pay raises for the city's 800-plus employees.


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