MOUNT VERNON - Residents packed into Mount Vernon City Hall tonight for a public hearing on next year's budget.

The $99.4-million proposal does not call for any layoffs, but does include a 9.8-percent property tax hike for all households. If passed, the budget would require homeowners to pay $378 more than they currently do.
Mayor Ernie Davis says he examined overtime costs of the police and fire departments to determine the numbers. Moreover, the new plan calls for $12,000 to help operate the mayor's office itself.