Amarillo's city commissioners last week narrowly voted to approve a potential tax increase of 6.9% for fiscal 2010.

In a 3-to-2 vote, the commissioners chose to set the West Texas town's property tax rate at 32.759 cents per $100 of taxable value in the hopes of generating $1.5 million to increase staff. The additional funds would be used to hire 10 police officers and five municipal court employees.

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