JUNEAU — The Juneau Common Council adopted its 2021 budget Tuesday, and taxes are going up a bit even though spending is falling.

The tax rate of $8.83 per assessed $1,000 value is an increase of 8 cents from the number homeowners realized last December. A Juneau resident would pay $1,766 in city property taxes on a home assessed at $200,000.

The total general fund budget for 2021 is $2,230,387 with a tax levy of $955,210. The total general fund budget in 2020 was $2,231,260 with a $945,010 tax levy.

He said any equipment purchases are contingent on borrowing and/or grant money the city would receive next year.

Hart said health insurance increased roughly 10%, but the city’s expenses decreased by $900.

He said there are no new hires or increases in the city’s garbage or utility rates scheduled for 2021.

Hart also said COVID-19 did not have any affect on the 2021 budget.

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