Leander’s budget includes raises, 8 new employees

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Leander’s new proposed budget would lower the property tax rate by 2 cents, add eight new employees, give raises and provide a new Central Texas SWAT team and a new fire station.

It also includes money to expand two major roads, build new sidewalks, increase road maintenance and conduct recruiting and marketing to bring more businesses to the city, said Robert Powers, Leander’s finance director.