Erie Mayor Joe Schember if calling for a property tax increase as part of his proposed 2020 budget.

Schember made the proposal during an address to city council this morning.   The tax increase is .75 mills, which means people with homes worth $100,000 would pay an additional $75 a year.

It would be the first property tax increase in the city over the past five years.  The mayor says the tax increase is needed in order to help balance a budget that has several serious issues, including pension contributions that are growing, and rising debt payments.

"So this, we believe, is a major step in the right direction. We took a small step last year and this year we're trying to take an even bigger step forward so that our budget is under control, Schember said.


Schember is also proposing a $6.55 quarterly hike in sewer fees and a $10.26 quarterly hike in refuse fees. The sewer fee is now $70 per quarter and the refuse fee is now $55 per quarter.


The mayor is also proposing a special income tax levy on people who work in the city but who live elsewhere. That levy would increase from 0.18% to 0.50%. Someone earning $40,000 per year would pay about $4.92 cents in every two week paycheck.

City council will now study the budget proposals and decide if any changes are to be made.