COLUMBIA-City Manager Bill Watkins on Tuesday unveiled a proposed budget for fiscal 2008 that calls for spending a total of $362.8 million, up 10.6 percent from this year. Despite the increased spending, Watkins said lagging sales tax growth has forced administrators to “tighten city government belts.” The budget calls for dipping into reserve funds, postponing some equipment purchases and waiting until late in fiscal 2008 to hire some new city employees.
Proposed budget unveiled
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