Logan City increasing property taxes

Property taxes are going up by 4.4 percent this year in Logan and Finance Manager Rich Anderson says every penny of that will go toward transportation.He said most people realize transportation is an important issue and if it’s not addressed now, it will be much more costly when it has to be addressed later. Several people protested the tax increase that was approved unanimously by the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night.Anderson said the source of money is badly needed in the city where employees are going without pay raises and there is a high deductible of $5,000 on their health plan. He said $2.5 million for capital improvements was cut out of the budgets that went into effect on July 1.The property tax increase will bring in $102,000 to the general fund.Anderson said it will keep pace with inflation and avoid a large property tax hike in the future. Anderson said the increase will men an increase of $9.91 on a home valued at $189,000, which is the median value of a home in Logan City.At a public hearing prior to the vote, several people spoke out against the tax increae. Among them were two candidates for municipal council, Robert Horning and Steven G. Stokes.

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