The Palm Coast City Council will get its first look at next year’s budget the same day it holds a meeting on the matter–next Tuesday morning, July 27. The city administration has been working frantically on the budget and won’t have it completed until late Monday, with details not yet filled in even by the time the budget meeting takes place.

But the outlines of the budget are already in place. They’re either bright or grim, depending on how you look at the numbers. And they point to the city’s steadily increasing reliance on fees, fines and water and sewer billing to compensate for diminishing property tax revenue. And plans for a new,$10 million city hall in Town Center are as good as a sacred cow: still on course.

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