Town of Oregon residents would see the town’s portion of their tax rate rise by 4 cents under the proposed 2019 budget.
The town will hold a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, to get feedback on the proposal.
The increase would bring the rate to $2.60 per $1,000 of property value, up from $2.56 last year. That would be an additional $10 for the owner of a $250,000 property.
Town clerk Denise Arnold told the Observer in an email there were “no big projects planned” for 2019 and did not expect anything “controversial.”
“Kind of boring this year,” Arnold wrote. “Budget increase is very small.”
The largest increase in the budget is in public safety, from $264,200 last year to $361,065 planned for 2019. Arnold explained that increase is for the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District, which is purchasing new breathing apparatuses.
That’s offset partly by a decrease in the capital outlay and cultural recreation/park budgets.
The board is expected to vote on the proposed budget and tax levy immediately after the public hearing.