Councilwoman Karen Foreman made a motion to pass a levy hike of about 1.3 percent — enough to cover the increased bond payments for the public facilities. But that middle ground failed to garner any support.
Foreman then joined Considine, Councilman Jason Mattick and Mayor Eric Anderson in approving the 2.3 percent initial hike. Frost and Council President Chris Frederick were opposed, and Councilwoman Tamra Rovney was absent.
“We can still reduce that, and I expect we will,” Considine said.
The budget will be finalized in December following several more council workshops and meetings.