Waupaca County property owners will likely see an increase to their property taxes to support County Government operations in 2016. The County Board got its first reading of the proposed spending plan this morning. Overall county expenditures are 77.5 million dollars, with a county tax levy of 25.2 million, up 2.57%. The budget includes $500,000 to be reserved as committed fund balance for the purpose of future highway construction projects. Finance committee chairman Duane Fedewitz says the county needs to make up for what the state’s not doing. [sound byte]
The budget also includes a 1.25% cost of living salary increase to most county employees. Supervisor Joe McClone said a straight dollar amount given to employees would be more equitable, while Fred Zaug said the federal government has said there is no increase in the cost of living because of the large drop in gas prices. That’s why Social Security recipients are seeing no increase in their monthly checks. Supervisor Mary K Poehlman felt that the county’s budget would hurt taxpayer’s pocketbooks. [sound byte] The proposed tax rate for 2016 is $6.78 per thousand, up $0.16 per thousand from last year. That equates to a $16 increase on a $100,000 property. The public hearing on the proposed budget is Tuesday, November 10th at 9am.