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Langley City Council eyes tax increase tonight

The Langley City Council is expected to approve an ordinance adopting a 1-percent increase in its property tax levy to help out next year’s strapped budget.

The increase is automatically authorized for taxing districts that choose to use it, and the increase would bring an additional $3,773 to the city next year, for a total levy of $381,059. This year’s tax levy was $377,286.

The city council will consider the ordinance at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at city hall on Second Street.

The council also is expected to give final approval to an ordinance changing the council’s regular meeting time to 5:30 p.m., and eliminating the 4 p.m. workshops.

If approved, the new starting time would go into effect at the council’s next regular meeting on Dec. 6. The council meets the first and third Mondays of each month.

The council on Monday also is expected to approve its findings for the rejection of Langley Passage, a 20-home subdivision on 8.52 acres in the Edgecliff neighborhood that had been working its way through the planning process since 2006. Although city planning staff endorsed the development, the city’s Planning Advisory Board recommended rejection, and at its last meeting, the city council agreed.

Monday, the council will spell out the legal reasons for rejecting the project, setting in motion the time period for any court challenge of the decision.

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