Manawa raises tax rate
Four budgets were presented on Monday, Nov. 21, at the budget meeting held prior to the council's regular monthly meeting. The budget discussed the most was a budget that would increase the city's total tax levy to $754,304. This budget included a 2 percent wage increase for City employees.
During the discussion Alderperson Ann Bonikowske stated she was in favor of the wage increase because it didn't increase the budget too much.
Alderperson Joel Bonikowski asked when city employees last received a wage increase, at which time Manawa Clerk/Treasurer, Cheryl Hass stated City employees received a 4 percent wage increase in 2011, but no wage increase in 2010. She added that the two percent wage increase would add about $5,000 to the budget.
Alderperson Alice Brown expressed concern about including a wage increase in the 2012 budget because she was concerned what the residents of Manawa would think.
"A lot of people in town haven't received a raise," Brown said.
The budget was eventually passed 4-2, with Mike Frazier, Ann Bonikowski, Mary Eck and Lincoln O'Brien voting in favor of the budget. Joel Bonikowski and Brown voted against the budget.
The next day, Hass contacted all the Council members informing them that the budget needed to pass by a 75 percent majority, which the passed budget didn't have. A special Council meeting was then called for the next day to take up the budget again.
At the special Council meeting, the passed budget was reconsidered. After discussing the budget further, Ann Bonikowski moved to pass the $754,304 budget, which was seconded by Frazier. This time the budget was passed 5-1, with Brown voting against the budget.
The 2012 budget of $754,304 is an increase from $685,930 in 2011.
No citizens spoke during either budget meeting.
Also at the special council meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve a one year contract for a $250,000 line of credit at Baylake Bank for November 2011 through November 2012.
A request by Police Chief David Walker to hire a part-time police officer was also passed unanimously.
In other business during the regular council meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, Bryan Lockman, representing the Wisconsin DNR discussed hunting and fishing laws in the City limits.
The council approved a resolution to offer to sell the doctor clinic to ThedaCare for $1.
Mayor Debby Nolan recognized Jon Munoz for seven years of service with the City. She also expressed appreciation to the city employees and to the Council for their work during a challenging year.
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