Asheville Property owners may soon pay more in property taxes. City officials are working on a new fiscal year budget that calls for a property tax hike. Members of the Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) were briefed on development of the budget by Barbara Whitehorn, Chief Financial Officer and Mayor Esther Manheimer. City officials say the General Assembly is to blame for the proposed property tax increase. Following the morning meeting the Mayor spoke with David Hurand .