THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From Our Readers
Issue Date: October 26, 2016
Re: Town of Amberg Electors
On Wednesday, Nov 9 immediately following the Public Hearing on the proposed budget for 2016 beginning at 6 pm at the Amberg Community Center, a special meeting of the electors will be held to consider the adoption of a resolution by the town board which proposes that the town levy exceed the state allowable limit by 25% which would be a dollar increase of $45931.63 to be used to complete additional road work.
Town of Amberg has been limited by Wisconsin Statutes to a zero percent increase in levy limits for several years. Over the past six years we have replaced six miles of paved roads out of more than 70 miles, mostly due to the cost of paving which runs about $100,000 per mile. At this rate we have a replacement schedule of about 70 years for roads which should be expected to last 30 years or so.
As Supervisor One, the complaint I receive most frequently is regarding the condition of many of our roads. The principal three responsibilities of Town government are: Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Service, and Maintaining the Roads.
The proposed 25% increase in the levy is NOT a 25% tax increase, it is an increase in Amberg's portion of your tax bill, which is about 14% of the total bill. This increase would amount to $46.75 on a property assessed at $100,000. I urge the electors to consider the long-term good of the Town and support this resolution.