The city of Augusta recently released the schedule of budget workshops for reviewing the components of the proposed $58.1 million city budget.

The budget, as proposed by City Manager William Bridgeo, would increase property taxes by 4.24 percent.

One of the primary drivers of the spending increase in the city’s $26.4 million share of the combined city and school budget is about $650,000 in increased wages and benefits for city employees, Bridgeo said earlier this month.

The proposed budget would increase the property tax rate from 19.4 to 20.22 per $1,000 of valuation.

Here is the schedule for budget review meetings:

• 6 p.m. Thursday: revenue, legislative and executive, utilities, retirement and insurance, bonded indebtedness, reserve and cash capital improvement projects and county tax

• 6:30 p.m. April 21: development services and community services

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23: Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works Department, Hatch Hill landfill, central garage

• 6 p.m. April 28: School Department

• 6:30 p.m. May 5: finance and administration, Augusta Civic Center

Three other dates — May 12, 19, 26 — have been set aside for wrap-up sessions. The school budget validation vote is set for June 14.

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