Council to get a look at city budget|
With help from a boost in new construction, the Antigo Common Council will get its first look Wednesday at a budget that largely holds in line on spending and tax increases.
The board will meet to review the 2014 package at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall. It will convene in the informal committee of the whole format, with no final action taken.
Clerk-Treasurer Kaye Matucheski has prepared a comprehensive 177-page budget book that includes a line-by-line look at the spending plan plus a general overview.
It calls for overall expenditures of $8.9 million, an increase of 3.14 percent, while debt service will fall 4.86 percent, to $1.9 million.
The levy—the amount of spending funded through local property taxes—is estimated at $3.35 million, a decrease of $31,329.
That leads to a mill rate of $9.17 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a decline of about 8 cents.
That means that the owner of a $100,000 home within city limits can expect to pay $917 to fund municipal operations, a decline of $8.
Matucheski said the mill rate is based on no change in assessed valuations between 2013 and 2014. Preliminary estimates from the state indicate that values are increasing slightly, which would nudge that rate lower.
“There are again no large projects being planned,” Matucheski said. “For future years, the city will need to continue to evaluate the way services are delivered to the community as well as prioritize the services that we offer. The budget process has become a year-round effort.”
According to the budget overview:
—clerical and Department of Public Works union employees will now be required to pay 7 percent of retirement benefits and will receive a 1.66 percent cost-of-living wage increase as stipulated under the state’s Act 10.
—fire and police union members will not have to pay toward retirement benefits, but will likely not receive any increase in compensation. Negotiations with those unions are ongoing.
—no change in the Antigo Public Library is anticipated, with the city budgeting $306,690. Langlade County finances the other half of the levy.
—the ambulance levy will decline about $50,000 due to the service’s improving financial position. The savings will be placed in the reserve for a new fire truck under the capital improvement plan.
—contributions to organizations, including AVAIL, the Langlade County Boys & Girls Club, Family Corner Resource Center and Langlade County Humane Society are unchanged at a total of $27,500.
—and operating budgets have been adjusted to reflect higher fuel costs, with public works also receiving more dollars for supplies such as salt, hot mix and signage.
A bright note comes in the area of debt service, Matucheski said, which iasts falling due to higher contributions from the tax incremental finance districts as valuations move in a positive direction. That decrease has allowed the city to roll those funds into the capital improvement account, setting aside dollars for the eventual replacement of trucks and equipment in the street department.
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