City of Waupaca property taxpayers will see a decrease in their tax rate for the 2020 city budget. Last night Waupaca’s Common Council unanimously to approve the 6.79 million dollar budget. It calls for a tax levy of 3.96 million dollars, up 33-thousand dollars from this year, an increase of just over 1 percent. With an increase in the equalized property valuation of the city, taxpayers will see a mill rate decrease of about a dime, or a 10 dollar decrease on a 100-thousand dollar home. The budget includes 25 percent funding for a 2nd police liason officer, 37-thousand for a police department drug officer to be on board mid-year, a 3 percent wage increase for city employees, except for seasonal employees and custodians, who get a 50 cent per hour increase. The budget also includes a zero percent increase in employee health insurance premiums.
In other city news, the police department is working on training a therapy dog to be used at the schools, and the department collected 51.4 pounds of prescription medication in October’s Drug Take-Back Day. Also, Mayor Brian Smith says maps of ATV routes in the city will soon be available on the city’s website.