Linwood City Council approved a 2013 budget that will increase municipal tax bills by about 6 percent.

The vote Wednesday night was 5-0, with Todd Gordon and Darren Matik absent.

The total general budget would be about $12.5 million. The tax levy will increase by about $339,000, or about 4.5 percent, to less than $7.8 million.

The municipal tax rate will rise to about $1 per $100 of assessed value, compared with about 94.5 cents per $100 in 2012. The rate does not include school, county and other types of property taxes.

For the average 2013 residential assessment of $244,500, the rate increase means an annual municipal tax bill of about $2,444, an increase of about $134 from last year.

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