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Watertown City Manager Sharon Addison gave city council a warning Monday night.
"You've already exceeded the tax cap. We've already exceeded our tax cap," she said.
She says that has happened by just factoring in next year's pay raises for city workers.
The additional cost of $330,000 is $100,000 over what would be allowed by the state's tax cap.
Under this scenario, city council would have to override the tax cap - a position where lawmakers don't want to be.
"If we're already bumping up against the tax cap, then we're gonna have to make some tough decisions this year," said Ryan Henry-Wilkinson, council member.
Henry-Wilkinson and fellow council member Lisa Ruggiero both say it's too early to say whether taxes will go up in the city.
Last year, Addison wrote in her budget proposal that "unless vital changes are made to the structure of the budget, personnel layoffs will need to occur to further reduce operating expenses."
She echoed that sentiment again Tuesday, telling 7 News by phone that cuts will need to be made to people or services in this budget.
It's something Ruggiero agrees with.
"If we have to get the raises in, then we'll have to look at what else there is to possibly change or make some revisions to," she said.
Council has set large projects, like the Thompson Park pool and a new state-mandated city courtroom as it's priorities.