What is the total preliminary budget for 2019 in dollars?

The total 2019 preliminary budget is $179,931,375, compared to $142,782,074 in 2018, an increase of $37,149,301 or 26.02%. The majority of this increase is almost entirely due to budgeting previously collected NAWS dollars from sales taxes. The increase to property taxes is from $22.6 million to $26.6 million to cover the City’s financial obligations to finance the local share of NAWS.

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1. What is the total preliminary budget for 2019 in dollars?
2. How will my property taxes be impacted?
3. Why are property taxes increasing again after an increase in 2018?
4. Why is the 2019 budget higher than the 2018 budget?
5. Why does the budget include so much money for NAWS?
6. What is NAWS?
7. Why is NAWS needed?
8. How much money is needed to complete NAWS?
9. How is the City paying for NAWS?
10. Why do taxes seem to go up every year?
11. What is the total mill levy for 2019?
12. Why is the mill levy higher than 2018?
13. What is a mill?
14. What does the City portion of my property tax bill actually pay for?
15. Has the City reduced its operating budget for 2019?
16. What else has the City done in recent years to save money?
17. Has the City cut its number of employees for 2019?
18. Have any fees been raised for 2019?
19. What happens next in the process to approve the budget?