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Coast city decides not to raise citizens' taxes

LONG BEACH — Like other cities on the Gulf Coast, Long Beach’s budget is tight, but city officials will not raise residents’ taxes next year.

Mayor Billy Skellie tells The Sun Herald that the city is getting slightly more money from taxes on new homes and businesses, but the tax rate will remain the same.

Skellie said some residents were concerned when they saw an ad in The Sun Herald from the city saying there was a tax increase. He said that only refers to the amount of tax dollars the city is getting, not the tax rate people in Long Beach pay.

Skellie said the city’s $20 million budget likely will be approved at the first meeting in September and must be turned into the state by Sept. 15.

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