The county portion of property taxes will increase $16 on a $100,000 dollar home following approval of the budget this morning by the Waupaca County Board of Supervisors. The vote was 20-5, with Supervisors Fred Zaug, Dennis Kussman, Karl Kietzman, Pat Craig, and Jack Penny voting No. The budget generated a lot discussion during this morning’s public hearing, with $937,000 in tax money earmarked for funding Lakeview Manor coming under fire. [Deb Fenske sound byte]
County Finance Director Heidi Dombrowski cautioned against using Lakeview Manor’s enterprise fund for general operating revenue. [sound byte] Amotion to decrease the Lakeview Manor tax levy by $500,000, and use money in it’s enterprise fund failed, 14-11.
A follow-up motion to decrease funding for County Highway projects by $250,000 dollars was defeated 20-5. One amendment did pass—that’s to use $200,000 from the county’s unassigned fund balance for courthouse security.
The County Board also approved an $80,000 loan from its revolving loan fund to Hilker Warehousing in New London. Owner’s Tom and Lori Hilker are buying the old Saputo Cheese building in the downtown area to be used for cold storage in their trucking business. The city of New London is also loaning the business $70,000 for the project. [Waupaca County Economic Development Director sound byte] The overall project cost is about $350,000.