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Mount Vernon approves 2014 budget with 7.8 percent tax hike

A 7.8 percent tax hike could mean that

A 7.8 percent tax hike could mean that avwerage homeowners could pay another $28 a month. (January 31, 2014 9:28 AM)

The Mount Vernon City Council has approved a 2014 budget.

The $101 million spending plan was approved last night with a 3-2 vote and contains an almost 7.8 percent tax hike.

Some city council members say the tax increase is simply too high and that cuts could have been made to avoid it. "What I heard was 'I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today' and when you really take a...

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