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With no dissent, the Antigo Common Council Wednesday approved a 2018 financial package that promises some respite for property tax payers.

I’d like to thank all the department managers, administrator and clerk-treasurer for their time and effort to bring in a good budget for us that actually reduces the tax rate by 37 cents, Mayor Bill Brandt said. Hopefully it will remain a decrease whan all the other entitites included on the property tax bill are added.

The city is anticipating a tax levy of $3.5 million, a $33,691 increase. Figuring an assessed valuation of $368 million, that would result in a mill rate of $9.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, an decrease of 37 cents.

That means that the owner of a $100,000 home within city limits can expect to pay $950 to fund city operations in 2018, down $37.

The city portion is only part of the overall property tax bill. Levies for Langlade County, the Antigo school district and Northcentral Technical College must all be added to determine the final tax bill payable in December.

The budget calls for total expenditures of $9.2 million, an increase of 3.66 percent. Debt service adds an additional $2.1 million, an amount that is down 35 percent because there was a large loan payment made this year.

Topping the expenditure category is fire/ambulance at $2.283 million, followed by police at $1.78 million; and streets, $1.5 million.

The remaining accounts include administration, $1.36 million; park, recreation and cemetery, $623,000; miscellaneous, $188,151; and council, $215,767.

One area that is showing an increase is in capital equipment/improvement, due to lower debt service. That is expected to total $861,125 for 2018, up $185,785.

Major areas include engineering, $416,130 to develop the drawings for 2018 street projects along Gowan Road and Field Street; the street department, $185,000, earmarked for equipment replacement; and other, $135,000, including accumulating funds for the replacement of the roof at City Hall and technology needs.

In a related matter, aldermen renewed health and dental self-funded plans for 2018, with a series of increases. Dental insurance monthly premiums will range from $137 for a family plan to $79 for single. Health is figured at $1,575 for family plan to $590, single.

Aldermen also:

—agreed to hire an additional year-round part-time employee for the park, cemetery and recreation department. The person will work 28 hours a week and assist with the completion of job duties, reduce training time at season changes and increase efficiency of operations.

—approved a monthly service contract for police department vehicles. Langlade Ford will received $31.95 per car per month.

—waived bidding requirements at approve a professional services agreement in an amount not-to-exceed $10,000 with the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation for the administrative oversight of the Community Development Block Grant-Public facilities for improvements associated with the Gowan Road and Field Street projects.

—and agreed to rent a portion of a billboard south of town on highway 45 for $250 per month. Final design would not exceed $1,000 and would be approved by the mayor along with the park and recreation director.

—and approved what the mayor called clean-up language for ordinances related to dogs and kennels along with truancy.

As the meeting closed, Alderman Glenn Bugni opened a discussion on when and if items now handled in committee should be brought to the full council for consideration. The matter was referred to the Finance, Personnel and Legislative Committee for further discussion.
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City council approves budget, tax rate dips
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With no dissent, the Antigo Common Council Wednesday approved a 2018 financial package that promises some respite for property tax payers.

I’d like to thank all the department managers, administrator and clerk-treasurer for their time and effort to bring in a good budget for us that actually reduces the tax rate by 37 cents, Mayor Bill Brandt said. Hopefully it will remain a decrease whan all the other entitites included on the property tax bill are added.

The city is anticipating a tax levy of $3.5 million, a $33,691 increase. Figuring an assessed valuation of $368 million, that would result in a mill rate of $9.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, an decrease of 37 cents.

That means that the owner of a $100,000 home within city limits can expect to pay $950 to fund city operations in 2018, down $37.

The city portion is only part of the overall property tax bill. Levies for Langlade County, the Antigo school district and Northcentral Technical College must all be added to determine the final tax bill payable in December.

The budget calls for total expenditures of $9.2 million, an increase of 3.66 percent. Debt service adds an additional $2.1 million, an amount that is down 35 percent because there was a large loan payment made this year.

Topping the expenditure category is fire/ambulance at $2.283 million, followed by police at $1.78 million; and streets, $1.5 million.

The remaining accounts include administration, $1.36 million; park, recreation and cemetery, $623,000; miscellaneous, $188,151; and council, $215,767.

One area that is showing an increase is in capital equipment/improvement, due to lower debt service. That is expected to total $861,125 for 2018, up $185,785.

Major areas include engineering, $416,130 to develop the drawings for 2018 street projects along Gowan Road and Field Street; the street department, $185,000, earmarked for equipment replacement; and other, $135,000, including accumulating funds for the replacement of the roof at City Hall and technology needs.

In a related matter, aldermen renewed health and dental self-funded plans for 2018, with a series of increases. Dental insurance monthly premiums will range from $137 for a family plan to $79 for single. Health is figured at $1,575 for family plan to $590, single.

Aldermen also:

—agreed to hire an additional year-round part-time employee for the park, cemetery and recreation department. The person will work 28 hours a week and assist with the completion of job duties, reduce training time at season changes and increase efficiency of operations.

—approved a monthly service contract for police department vehicles. Langlade Ford will received $31.95 per car per month.

—waived bidding requirements at approve a professional services agreement in an amount not-to-exceed $10,000 with the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation for the administrative oversight of the Community Development Block Grant-Public facilities for improvements associated with the Gowan Road and Field Street projects.

—and agreed to rent a portion of a billboard south of town on highway 45 for $250 per month. Final design would not exceed $1,000 and would be approved by the mayor along with the park and recreation director.

—and approved what the mayor called clean-up language for ordinances related to dogs and kennels along with truancy.

As the meeting closed, Alderman Glenn Bugni opened a discussion on when and if items now handled in committee should be brought to the full council for consideration. The matter was referred to the Finance, Personnel and Legislative Committee for further discussion.
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