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RI Council Ready to Approve 2023 Budget

With the new fiscal year starting in less than two weeks, the Rock Island city council is ready to finish working on a new budget. Final approval is expected Monday night.

Finance Director Linda Barnes says the proposed budget calls for spending 50.3 million dollars, with just a tiny increase in the property tax rate.

"So we like to look at a 100,000 dollar home. So if you were to look at that in comparison, your taxes would go up approximately one dollar and four cents for the entire year."

Barnes says thanks to ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act, Rock Island will have about 15 million dollars to spend on a variety of projects: for Public Works and Parks and Recreation, plus being able to afford some new ambulances for the fire department.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.