(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council adopted the 2019 city budget Monday night with two dissenting votes. The document totals $16.52-million-dollars and includes a tax levy of $10.56-million dollars, an increase of $231-thousand dollars, or two-point-one-six-percent (2.16%), from the 2018 budget. The mill rate is $9.95-per one-thousand dollars of assessed value, a decrease of 14-cents from the $10.09-per-thousand tax rate adopted last November. Equalized property values in the city are up roughly three-percent (3%) to $1.11-billion dollars. The budget is compliant with state-imposed levy limits and the state’s Expenditure Restraint Program.
The budget includes a two-percent (2%) wage increase for city employees along with a 24-percent decrease in health insurance costs. The fire department is getting an additional firefighter/paramedic position. The Parks, Forestry and Facilities Department is receiving a full-time custodial position. The Community Activities and Services Department will see a full-time Recreation Supervisor position added.
Capital outlay requests total $506-thousand dollars, up from the $421-thousand approved last year. That includes funding in the police department for a new K-9 vehicle and solar powered speed signs. The fire department will get turnout gear replacements and thermal imaging cameras. There will be a replacement aeration fountain and new sand at Crystal Lake Park, upgrades to the Tower Parking Lot restroom, enhancements to the Swan Park bandshell and wayfinding signs will be going up throughout the city to direct people to various community landmarks.