City Council adopts mayor’s budget

The City Council adopted a $1.4 billion budget for 2008 on Wednesday, a slight increase over last year’s budget.

It includes more money for police and public works, but there are dips in other areas such as community planning and economic development. It also includes an average 8 percent property tax increase, a move that Mayor R.T. Rybak described as necessary and some Council members said was painful.

Council members Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) and Ralph Remington (10th Ward) voted against the tax increase. Goodman said some property owners in her ward have paid more in taxes than they did for their homes.

“It’s going to be the very rich and the very poor who will choose to live here,” she said. “Because now we’re at the point where middle class people are really affected by this.”

She was the lone member to vote against the budget. She said it would be hypocritical to vote for the budget but not the levy.