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Budget Talks Continue; Tax Increase Still on the Table

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By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- More people in Chattanooga are coming forward and voicing their concerns over the proposed 33% tax increase from Mayor Ron Littlefield.

Some think the private sector will take a loss if taxes are raised.

In efforts to save money, members of council also suggested closing the Memorial Auditorium.

The city arts group suggested keeping it open and pumping $3 million into renovating the building.

Veterans too showed their support.

Councilman Peter Murphy said he's eager to start voting on this budget as the deadline draws close. He said filling the deficit is never an easy task.

As the budget talks draw to a close, more people are expected to show and demand to be heard.

Some hope persistence will halt an increase.

Council member Manny Rico said in order to provide services and balance a budget something will have to be cut.

Council will hold a two-hour work session next week to discuss the budget.

Councilman Jack Benson suggested cutting each department by 5-percent.

A final decision must be made by June 30th.

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