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City of Wausau approves 2012 budget

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The City of Wausau passed its 2012 budget Tuesday night.

Wausau City Council passed the budget 6 to 5, but it wasn't the actual budget that sparked debate. It was an amendment proposed by council member Ed Gale that requires the Police Department to seek council approval if a crossing guard contract exceeds $70,000.

Earlier this year, management of city crossing guards was outsourced to a California company. Several of the council members said the issue should not have been brought up during the budget hearing. But Gale says the amendment was needed to make sure city decisions follow policy.

"That it's going to force the issue that we've been asking for which is for policy decisions back into the council's hands," said council member, Ed Gale.

"What concerns me is that we passed the crossing guard issue. Which when you take $70,000, and you say a lined item, you're talking about the budget, versus what you're actually doing is reducing the capacity. So that was unclear and I think that came across during the meeting," said council member, David Oberbeck.

The mayor said property taxes will not go up in this budget, but according to the budget, city employees will not get raises and they will have to pay more for health care and retirement.


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