McCOOK, Nebraska -- City staff released their preliminary 2012-13 city wide budget which features the creation of a 6 percent mobile telephone occupation tax and doubling the existing land line occupation tax from 3 to 6 percent. The tax increases are anticipated to generate an additional $61,000, which when combined with other proposed increases in ambulance fees are estimated to generate a combined $78,000 annually. That amount is said to help lessen the blow from the loss of approximately $65,000 to $70,000 previously received in state aid prior to 2011.
The budget also proposes a 2.5 percent across the board cost of living adjustment for all city employees, which when combined with automatic merit and longevity increases reflect a $220,447 increase in city salaries when compared to the 2011-12 budget.
The McCook City Council will review the preliminary budget during a special meeting this evening, 6:30 p.m., at Memorial Auditorium.