After two months of considering ways to boost revenues and reviewing capital projects, Beaufort City Council will begin discussing department expenses for fiscal year 2014 during a work session Tuesday night.
Police, planning and public works draft budgets will be presented by finance director Kathy Todd.
The presentation on the full recommended budget can be found on the city's website.
The first vote on the proposed budget is expected in early June, followed by a public hearing and a final vote.
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The draft budget assumes a tax-rate increase, or "roll forward," designed to keep revenue neutral despite a decline in overall assessed property value.
Property countywide is being reassessed this year, and total property value is expected to drop. Official estimates will not be available until August, Todd said, but informal estimates in early spring showed a decline of up to $500,000 in city property-tax revenue if a roll forward is not used.
City officials have discussed several ways to boost revenue, including city manager Scott Dadson's recommendation of a $40 fee for all vehicles registered in the city to pay for street maintenance. That fee would bring in about $320,000.
Dadson also recommends a public-service fee equal to 0.01 percent of a property's appraised value for nonprofit groups that do not pay property taxes in the city. The fee would bring in about $301,000 and the money would go to emergency-response services, such as police and fire.
Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin for updates from the meeting. Check back with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet for a story following the meeting.