All 10-Manitowoc council members voted last night to approve the 2019 city budget. Fourth district Alderman and Finance committee chairman, Jim Brey, tells Seehafer News that the tax rate to fund the city portion of the property tax bill will be just over $8.23-cents per thousand of valuation.
The Manitowoc County budget is still awaiting final passage with a meeting scheduled for next Monday night to discuss County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer’s 3 vetoes. Alderman Brey also stated a $20 per vehicle wheel tax ordinance is created in this budget by a unanimous vote. The revenue generator of a reported $400,000 dollars per year will eliminate the need for special property tax assessments for street repairs. As for how & when this will be collected, he said…
Brey said another facet of the now approved city of Manitowoc budget is a further reduction down to nearly $5.9-million dollars in borrowing, from the requested $10-million by Mayor Justin Nickels. That figure will include a $20 thousand dollar investment for Silver Creek Park & re-opening the sledding hill there.
Also, by a 7 to 3 vote the council re-inserted $34,000 dollars for the Manitowoc Public Library to cover a reduction in materials being checked-out at the library to be paid back over 4 years, thereby eliminating the need for a loan through the county.