Kalispell property owners may see an increase in special assessment taxes in the coming years.
The city council is discussing gradual tax increases over the next five years to help avoid cuts in services for city programs that are expected to run deficits within the coming years.
Kalispell City Manager Doug Russell tells us that programs like street light maintenance haven't seen increases since 2003, and with higher electricity costs, the program will be in the red as soon as 2015.
The proposed rates will keep the programs going until at least 2023.
"Over time it's one of those things you have to apply more resources to have the same service level and same standard of operation so without those corresponding increases we'll have to look at the level of service that's being offered and make any adjustments from there," Russell said.
The city council plans to gather all the information from the public before making a decision on the increase at the next city council meeting.