Burlington City Council approves property tax hike - Burlington - Quickbite News: Latest local breaking news storiesThe Burlington City Council passed Tuesday night the city’s 2022 budget, which includes a 1% increase in city property taxes.

The budget was passed unanimously, reflecting the comfort level of both city staff and the council regarding the city’s financial situation.

In the summer of 2020, the council approved a new tax on high-earning businesses, a new utility tax and an increase on two utility taxes, and with sales tax trends looking positive and extensive contributions from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Finance Director Joe Stewart said the city has come a long way in addressing its financial situation.

According to the 2022 budget, the city plans to spend about $44 million, with most of that committed to capital projects, street maintenance and services such as fire and sewer.

About $17 million is projected to be spent out of the general fund, with about 72% of that covering salaries and benefits.

Though he voted in favor of the budget, Council member Bill Aslett raised concerns about treating rising sales tax revenue as a trend.

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