Johnson City Commission approves $243 million budget

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City commissioners approved a budget for the upcoming year. The nearly $243 million budget passed on third reading this morning.

Those who own property in the city will face no tax increase.

Also, in past budget meetings, there were discussions on whether the city would commit $8 million to expand East Tennessee State University planned Performing Arts Center from 635 seats to 1100 seats.

But, today’s passed budget does not include any money for ETSU’s fine arts facility.

City Manager, Pete Peterson, said that there is funding available for that project but the city is still negotiating with ETSU to work out the details. He said it could be added in as an amendment later this summer.

Another item of note for the budget is employee raises. All employees will receive a 1% cost of living increase. Some employees could get as much as 3% but those higher amounts would be merit based/job performance.

The budget also includes a spending plan for $200,000 in renovations to some soccer fields. The goal: a sports complex that could also be used as a softball field. Commissioners said that project could take up to 5 years to complete.

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