Fairbanks City Council members Discuss Raising property taxes

Fairbanks City Council met Monday evening to discuss an ordinance involving a future revenue plan for the city.
It was meant to raise property taxes to help bring back 1 point 7 million dollars of additional revenue.
The ordinance was advanced to the next council meeting set for July 24th.
It was a 3 to 2 vote, with council members Jerry Cleworth and David Pruhs voting against the ordinance.
If the item advances again, the property tax increase would then need to be approved by voters on October 3rd.
However, the ordinance would require 4 votes to move forward if it passes before the end of month.
Cleworth expressed his concerns about advancing the ordinance.
"We have a potential liability of point 6-3 mills. Tonight we heard about the claims against the city that are coming. We budgeted over two million dollars before that. The only way to pay for those claims is through property taxes and that bill is going to come to the tax payers next year."