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Kennewick City Council Put Together 2013-2014 Proposed Budget

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kennewick citizens asked and city council listened as the proposed 2013- 2014 budget fell in line with citizen expectations.

Kennewick City Council held a workshop meeting tonight and presented a review of the proposed budget for the next two years, as well as the results of the online citizen budget survey that was taken back in September and early October.

The survey showed that 74% of Kennewick residents were willing to pay more for patrol to combat gang activity and that's what the city worked into the budget, but without having to pay more.

"There is no tax increase. It's just maintaining our existing property tax rate of $2.11 and by doing that we would be able to hire three new officers that will help combat gang activity," Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley said. 

The city is using the "budgeting by priorities" model and results from the citizen survey to base the top five priority areas to focus on.

Community safety, responsible government, quality of life, economic development and infrastructure and growth made the list.