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Wega City Council approves 2014 budget

Taxpayers in the city of Weyauwega will again not see an increase in the city’s mill rate.

When the Common Council met Monday, Nov. 18, it approved a 2014 city expenditure budget of $1.754 million, which will be supported by a tax levy of $749,168.

The city’s 2014 mill rate will be $8.16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This will be the third consecutive year that has been the city’s mill rate.

“The goal was to maintain, to not increase the tax rate. This budget does that,” City Administrator Patrick W. Wetzel told the council.

The approval of next year’s budget came following a public hearing on the 2014 city budget, which compares to the 2013 city budget of $1.759 million.

In his executive summary, Wetzel said the budget reflects a .25 percent reduction in revenues and expenditures.

“It is relatively straightforward and should alow the city to maintain and enhance our existing levels of service,” he wrote.

The $749,168 levy compares to the 2013 levy of $744,860.

The approved budget includes a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for City Hall clerical employees and a 5 percent raise for Wetzel.

It also includes approval of the 2014 Proposed Wage Structure of Public Works/Utility employees and the recommendation to increase part-time police officer hours to 1,500 and to increase the part-time officer hourly wage to $15.

In addition, the 2014 approved budget includes a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for the patrol officer and sergeant positions and to increase Police Chief Gerald Poltrock’s wage to 100 percent of the identified annual salary amount in his contract.

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