AUBURN — The City Council on Monday will do a first read and hold a public hearing on the fiscal 2017-18 budget, with the final reading and adoption set for June 19. 

City Manager Peter Crichton’s municipal budget for next year is $41.3 million, but councilors could move to make last-minute changes Monday following the hearing.  

The proposal is a $1.5 million increase from this year. Including the $41.7 million school budget, the budget sits at $83.09 million, a 3.18 percent increase. 

If approved by the council, the property tax rate will increase by $1.26 to $23.61 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. 

Voters will decide the school budget amount Tuesday, June 13, during the validation referendum. 

On May 22, the council held its final budget review workshop after a month of successive meetings. It included discussion on the city manager’s office, and Crichton’s proposal included funding a compensation study for all Auburn employees. 

Two weeks ago, employees from Auburn Public Services picketed outside Auburn Hall, demanding better wages and benefits. 


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