Wausaukee Tax Rate Unchanged From 2017 Issue Date: November 29, 2017
At the conclusion of a 20-minute budget hearing and special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Wausaukee Village Board unanimously approved the 2018 budget as proposed, with a tax levy of $258,916 to support it. The overall result is a net tax rate of $21.70 per $1,000 of assessed value, exactly the same as last year.
President Hilbert "Slug" Radtke called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Trustees Mack McKim, Ray Gordon, and Randy Schmidt were present, as was Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen. Trustees Joleen Christ and Kyle Stumbris were absent and excused and Trustee Pat Tracy was absent. There were no members of the public on hand.
Radtke presented the proposed budget to the board, and Pullen provided a spread sheet that broke down the mill rates for each taxing jurisdiction.
The village levy for 2018 is $258,916, up 3.5 percent from last year's levy of $250,146. The local school levy is $209,943, up just .8 percent ($1,676) from last year's $208,267 levy.
Marinette County's levy of $113,840 is up 2.55 percent from last year's levy of $111,009. The vocational school levy rose 3.45 percent, from $20,457 to $21,164. The state this year eliminated its property tax levy, which was $4,131 last year.
Helping reduce the tax rate was a slight increase in overall assessed value of village properties, from $25,682,300 to $25,946,500.
Pullen explained that after the school levy tax credit was applied, the net tax rate for 2018 is $21.70, exactly the same as 2017. She said despite the overall increase in tax levies for all taxing jurisdictions (with the exception of the state which has eliminated their forestation taxes), the significant increase in the school levy tax credit brought the net tax rate down by $1.57 per $1,000 of assessed value, compared to 2017 when the credit cut the tax rate by only $1.43.
Further breakdown shows the village levy per $1,000 of assessed value is $9.30, up from last year's $9.14. School levy is $7.54, down from $7.61. County levy is $4.09, up from $4.06, and the vocational school levy is 76 cents, up from 75 cents a year ago. Elimination of the state levy saved taxpayers 15 cents per $1,000.
Radtke called for questions or comments from anyone in attendance on the proposed 2018 budget and there were none.
Gordon, with a second from Schmidt, moved to approve the 2018 proposed budget with its tax levy of $258,916 and all voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 5:51 p.m.
Broken down by categories, the village budget has only very minimal changes from last year. Total income is projected to be $594,295, up from last year's $579,080.
Projected income in addition to property taxes State Highway Aid of $33,319.49, State Municipal Service Aid of $1,378, State Recycling Aid of $1,500, and State Shared Revenue of $144,923. Park fees and fees from the dump station at the park are expected to add $10,950 to village coffers in 2018.
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