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Newport proposes 2.9 percent levy increase

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The Newport City Council got its first solid look at the proposed 2014 budget last week, which projects a 2.9 percent increase in the property tax levy.

The preliminary budget plan proposes raising general fund spending to $4.6 million, a roughly 1 percent increase over the current year's spending, with the bulk of the increase coming from general government and public safety expenditures.

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