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Tax increase passes first read in city
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McMinnville officials have included a 19-cent tax increase in the 2011-12 fiscal year budget. It passed, but not without generating some confusion and dividing the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.The measure passed 4-3 with Mayor Norman Rone, Vice Mayor Everett Brock, and Aldermen Clair Cochran and Billy Wood voting for the measure. Aldermen Rick Barnes, Jimmy Haley and Junior Medley voted against it.When discussions began regarding the fiscal year budget, Brock made a motion to adopt a 15-cent tax increase.“So, it is your recommendation to not go with 19 cents as recommended,” said Cochran.