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LIVE OAK — The Live Oak City Council set its budget hearing dates at a special called meeting last week.

In a short meeting July 23, the council approved holdings its tentative budget hearing Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. with the final hearing set for Sept. 23, also at 5:30 p.m.

The council previously set its tentative millage rate at 9.1771, the same as the current rate. That rate could be lowered during the budget process, at one of those budget hearings, but it can not be raised.

The city’s rollback rate is 9.0078, which is the tax rate that would generate the same amount of tax revenue as the previous year’s rate.

Resident Dick Calvitt asked if the city would be holding any budget workshops to go through the proposed budget and discuss wish lists. Councilman Don Allen echoed that question later in the meeting.

Council President Mark Stewart told Calvitt he hoped to have workshops prior to both budget hearings. Stewart said any potential workshops would be set at the council’s Aug. 13 meeting.

City Manager Ron Williams said that ultimately was the council’s decision.

“Any workshops that council would set, we’ll be prepared to support,” Williams said, adding he will be meeting individually with the council members.

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