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Property tax increases with passing of Wausau city budget

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The Wausau City Council has narrowly passed a budget for the next year. This came after heated debate, as the council ultimately decided to raise property taxes. Earlier, members said that wasn't going to happen. But the increase isn't very high.

Wausau council members went back and forth about the $77 million budget for 2013. The big point of contention, property taxes. The council voted six to five to raise taxes.

"On a $100,000 house it will go up a dollar," said Wausau Mayor, Jim Tipple.

Mayor Jim Tipple says the tax increase will raise $25,000. That money will help fund the Boys & Girls Club of Wausau.

"The Boys & Girls Club was started with City of Wausau's help and they were actually in this building and it makes sense to fund them at least for this year," said Mayor Tipple.

But the vote was close. Those against it say it violated the council's original plan not to raise taxes, even though it's not much of an increase.

"I voted no on the budget because I promised there would be no tax increase, we had worked very hard on the $77 million budget to get to no tax increase and I thought the Boys & Girls Club proposal which came up really at the 11th hour, was a violation of process," said Wausau Council Member, Keene Winters.  

But Mayor Tipple says raising taxes is a good move, to help a good organization.

"I think in the end the lively discussion prevailed and the people realized that it was worth funding and they did so tonight, and passed the budget which I'm real pleased it happened," said Mayor Tipple.

Overall, the budget pays for all the city services. It takes effect January 1st.

Several members of the Wausau Boys & Girls Club talked at Tuesday night's meeting on behalf of the group. They say the money raised by the tax increase will improve services for area children.

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