Brownwood City Council members gave final approval Tuesday to the city’s budget, tax rate and utility rates for the 2017-’18 fiscal year.
    Council members unanimously approved the $34.35 million budget — a 2.3 percent increase from the current year — on second and third/final readings. The council passed the budget on first reading on Sept. 19.
    The summary budget is available on the city’s website, in the city secretary’s office and at the Brownwood Public Library. A copy of the detail budget is available upon request to the city and is also on the city’s website and in the city secretary’s office.
    The council approved a tax rate of 79.46 cents per $100 valuation and approved an ordinance setting rates for water, sewer, sanitation and landfill services.
    Council members opted for a  combination of a property tax rate hike — the first since 1999 — and increases in utility rates and other fees to overcome budget shortfalls.  The increases are projected to add a total of $7.05 a month, or $84.60 a year, to an average residence valued at $92,750.