The Milwaukee Common Council last week approved a nearly $1.4 billion 2009 budget that relies on increased storm-water fees, parking meter rates, and parking fines to generate additional revenue needed to hold down a property tax hike and fend off a solid-waste fee increase.

Mayor Tom Barrett had originally proposed a property tax increase of 4.8% and asked the council to either raise the solid-waste fee or adopt a series of steep cuts in police and fire ranks and library hours.

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