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WITH NO TAX HIKE, OFFICIALS LIKE BUDGET PLAN

City officials were pleased Tuesday that Mayor Richard Frey, Council members and department heads agreed on a proposed budget that would not raise property taxes.

During a Common Council meeting, Council President James Muscato said that the process of budget review had gone smoothly and that the 2005 spending plan is set to be adopted at the Dec. 7 meeting.

Muscato said there were few changes in the mayor's original proposal of $18,715,712. The anticipated tax rate is $15.88 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The amount to be raised by taxes is $4,428,298.

There were no comments from the public on the proposal during a public hearing held earlier this week.

In other business, the Council:

Heard from one resident who wants Council members to consider changing the time back to 4 p.m. for the alternate-parking rule. The new rule is for 6 p.m., which she said is inconvenient for many people whose workday ends prior to that time. The resident noted that it involves moving cars twice for motorists who arrive home before the change.

Heard resident Michael Rosing ask that the flow of traffic be reversed at Point Gratiot. He said entry should be at the lighthouse and the exit at Point Drive West. He said tourists who visit the lighthouse are confused by the do-not-enter signs located by the popular historic site.

Learned that the annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony is set for Dec. 3.

Approved a transfer of $5,000 to Camp Gross. Frey said the funds were from an endowment left by the late William Cease.

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