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Waukesha Mayor: City Proud of Budget with no tax Increase

Jeff Scrima says city leaders worked hard to bring forward budget proposal.

Editor's Note: This opinion piece was written by Mayor Jeff Scrima.

Today, the 2012 executive budget for the City of Waukesha is being released. Special thanks to our Executive Leadership Team – which consists of Interim City Administrator Steve Crandell, our Finance Department and all of our Department Directors – for their collaboration and hard work in putting together a proposed budget which produces a zero percent tax levy increase for our citizens.

We understand the struggles our citizens and city employees face. Putting together this proposal was time consuming, complex and required flexibility. Under this proposal the average homeowner will see the same, and in some cases better, level of city services and not see an increase in the city portion of their tax bill.

From here this proposed budget will go before the Finance Committee and the Common Council for review during a series of meetings this next month, as noted on the city website. Citizens are encouraged to attend or watch these meetings on TV 25 and contact their Council Member or the Mayor’s Office at (262) 524-3700 for commentary or questions.

Together, as the Executive Leadership Team, we are proud of this work to date and trust that that our Common Council will concur with this proposal which produces, for the second year in a row, a zero percent increase in the city tax levy.

Sarah Wonderiling October 08, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Scrima, that is a tax hike unless you are going to remove the cost that we have been paying all along with your property taxes. Stop the lies. A tax is a tax is a tax.
Jack M October 09, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Commercial and condominium owners pay the same taxes and also have to pay for their own private garbage collection. They are double paying. Is that fair? The proposed budget solves that problem, and keeps the overall spending at a 0% level. Sounds reasonable.

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