City of Waupaca taxpayers will see a slight increase in the amount of city taxes they pay to support the 2011 city budget.
During a special meeting of the Common Council on Tuesday, Nov. 9, the council voted 7-1 in favor of the 2011 budget of approximately $8.2 million in expenditures.
Alderman Scott Purchatzke voted against the budget, and Aldermen Paul Lehman and John Lockwood were absent.
The 2011 city budget is being supported by a tax levy of $3.34 million, up about 3.85 percent from the present city tax levy of $3.214 million.
The projected 2011 city mill rate is $9.92 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That compares to the present city mill rate of $9.47.
This means the owner of a $100,000 home in the city will pay $45 more in city taxes.
The mill rate is presently a projection, because during the Nov. 9 meeting, city Administrator-Clerk Henry Veleker said “one of the major industries” in the city is appealing its assessment.
He anticipates that it will be a couple of weeks before the city knows what the 2011 mill rate will be.
Veleker said every property owner in the city has the right to appeal its assessment on an annual basis and at a prescribed time.
“In the case of an industrial appeal, it goes to the state, because the state assesses (industrial property). The state maps that appeal process. It’s just not concluded yet.”
There was little discussion during the Nov. 9 council meeting about next year’s city budget.
And, the meeting followed a public hearing that lasted only several minutes when no one spoke for or against the proposed budget.
Purchatzke, who voted against the budget, said he heard comments from city residents that to them, there seemed to be less scrutiny of the budget.
He said some residents wondered why the council did not go through the proposed budgets of each city department line by line as it had done in years past.
But Mayor Brian Smith said the council does receive the same information about the budget proposal as it always has.
“You do get that. You do get everything. I understand where you’re coming from. We’re not trying to cut the time short,” the mayor said.