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New Coldwater city budget includes tax hike to cover retirement costs

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Property taxes are going up in Coldwater. The City Council last night approved a spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and the budget includes a one mill increase to cover retirement costs. Councilman Toby Kirk cast the lone no vote on the budget, saying that he couldn’t support a plan that includes both a deficit and a tax hike. Nearly all of the projected red ink covers the added $300,000 that is earmarked for the retirement fund.

Mayor Tom Kramer asked City Manager Jeff Budd if the retirement situation was something unexpected or that they saw coming down the road. Budd said they always knew it was on the way, although they weren’t sure of the exact liability, they were pretty close. Kramer said Kirk’s point was well taken.

The Council last night also approved rezoning a parcel of property on North Fillmore Road required for the Mastronardi Produce plant expansion for the production of peppers.