Green Lake residents will not face a tax hike this year, as originally predicted in the city’s preliminary budget.
Mayor Jon McConnell announced the good news to the council members at their Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night.

   He noted after working with the department heads, they were able to make enough cuts to not only qualify for the state’s expenditure restraint program but also to decrease the mill rate.

   Last month, when the council considered and approved the preliminary budget, residents were estimated to face a 1.7% increase in the mill rate from $5.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $5.98. This means an average homeowner would have paid $598 for $100,000 of assessed property value.

   However, McConnell noted at the council’s Monday night meeting that the mill rate actually will decrease by 5.376% instead.
“With the cuts we were able to make to the budget and the savings and everything, the mill rate was reduced,” he said. “Last year it was $5.88. And now it’s $5.58, which is a reduction of 5.376% from last year … Believe me, it’s very good news.”

   Read the full story, including council members' opinions on the economic development coordinator position, in the Nov. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.