Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Steven Smith
Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg City Council has spent weeks debating, and now they have finally agreed on the budget.
There were a lot of city services on the chopping block in the city manager's budget proposal. City council members say they were able to save a lot of services residents were passionate about.
But 31 city jobs will be cut in this budget agreement. The downtown library and community centers will be saved.
City residents will have to shell out more for property taxes. They will go up to a $1.11, which is up from $1.06. The taxes will help to pay for school funding.
There has been a lot of debate about how to build a reserve fund for Heritage High School. Council members agreed on setting up a $700,000 reserve for the school project. It is less than the $1.7 million the city manager initially asked for.
City council members say they based a lot of their budget decisions on the community. Some residents say they were willing to make some sacrifices to save city services.
"I think it says something about our city because a majority of citizens across those four sessions said they were willing to do with less so all of us could enjoy and benefit in the city. I really respect the citizens of our city," said Ceasor Johnson, vice mayor for Lynchburg City Council.
The budget is not final. City council still has to read over the budget before finalizing it. They will hold two meetings in May.