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City mayor: Tax increase likely for 2019 budget

Williamsport’s proposed 2019 budget with each department’s expense and revenue will be unveiled by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana on Nov. 20.

Campana said city pension increases, paying for health care and unfunded mandates such as the levee recertification of $16 million, if done in the next five years, will likely mean a property tax increase in the proposed budget and less individuals working for the city next year.

He also mentioned outsourcing some department work.

The proposed budget will be reviewed over Thanksgiving break by City Council, which returns to hold two budget work sessions, according to Janice Frank, city clerk who provides the schedule.

The first budget work session is at 7 p.m. Nov. 26, followed by a second budget work session at 7 p.m. Nov. 28, according to the city schedule.

That is followed by an initial reading of the proposed budget in Dec. 6 and adoption scheduled for Dec. 13.

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