City of Waupaca property owners will see a reduction in the city portion of their December Property Tax bill. The common council last night approved the 2016 budget, that calls for a tax levy of $3.46 million, and a tax rate of 8.62 per thousand dollars valuation. That’s a reduction of $0.10 per thousand, or $10 less on a $100,000 home.
The budget includes a 1% pay increase, and two months “health insurance holiday” for employees. Mayor Brian Smith says for two of the 12 months in 2016, the city will pick up the employee’s share of their health care premiums. The mayor says the 1% pay raise didn’t cover the health insurance increase, so this measure will do that.
The council accepted the proposal, but it came on a close 6-4 vote. The council also voted to override the mayor’s veto of the water utility budget. But that budget will not include a rate increase. Mayor Smith says city staff and the council will re-visit that issue in mid-2016.