Taylorsville • The City Council here voted 4-1 Wednesday to approve a fiscal 2014 budget that includes a property tax hike of about 31.5 percent.
The increase will add approximately $73 a year to the city portion of a homeowner's tax bill, bringing that total to about $306 on a $197,000 residence. Taylorsville's portion is about 16.5 percent of the total property-tax bill.
Council members said the increase is needed to pay for public safety costs and road maintenance, among other expenses. City officials say that if repairs on some streets are put off any longer, they will deteriorate so much that it will cost three times as much to repair them next year. Councilman Larry Johnson cast the dissenting vote.