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Morrow residents stay quiet on possible tax hike

— Silence continued to mark the city of Morrow’s efforts to hear from residents about a proposed property tax increase Tuesday.

The city council held the second of two public hearing on the planned 2-mill millage increase as part of its regular meeting. However, like the first hearing held Monday, no residents spoke for or against the possible tax rate increase.

City officials have said the increase is needed to balance Morrow’s fiscal year 2014 budget. They were faced with a choice between raising taxes or laying off employees, said Finance Director Dan Defnall last month. The majority of Morrow’s employees work for its police and fire departments.

The council is expected to vote on whether to adopt the rate at its Aug. 13 meeting, said City Manager Jeff Eady.