LONG BEACH - The Long Beach City Council voted to approve a new 6 percent surcharge last night.

The surcharge, which will raise property taxes, is being coined a "temporary deficit reduction surcharge" by city officials.

In May, when officials approved a nearly 8 percent tax hike, there was hope that the state Senate would step in to help the city pay down its more than $10 million deficit. As of now, the senate has not acted upon requests.

City Manager Jack Schnirman said the surcharge would cost Long Beach taxpayers about $183 per household a year.

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