TYLER — The Tyler City Council adopted its 2017-18 budget Wednesday and increased the tax rate of 23 cents to 24 cents per $100 valuation. The city is currently projecting to be $867,572 below budgeted sales tax revenues for the General Fund, with two months remaining in the fiscal year. The city has maintained a hiring freeze on General Fund positions since the spring of 2016, as well as deferred replacement and maintenance on city equipment, to balance the current budget. The City Council has approved the increase of fees for many departments, including the Parks and Recreation Department. In the Parks Department, fee increases will be seen in the athletic field rental rates and elsewhere.