Busy Agendas for Beaver Dam Officials

The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee will start going over the 2013 budget with department heads tonight. The $14 million dollar document as proposed includes a tax levy of $8.6 million dollars, which represents a 4.7% increase over the current budget or an additional $390,000 from taxpayers. City officials are going to have to cut over $100,000 from to meet state imposed levy limits. The Common Council will consider extending the term of mayor from two years to three at their 8pm meeting tonight. The change would begin with the next election. A re-tooled ordinance establishing a vacant building registry is also on the agenda. Mayor Tom Kennedy says the registry is important for the safety of law enforcement, first responders and the general public and would cover all non-residential structures. Council President Jon Litscher agrees, but had an issue with some wording and the amount of the fines in the ordinance. Also tonight, Nancy Conley will be recognized for her over three-decades of service to the community. Conley, a former alderwoman, recently stepped down as chair of the Police and Fire Commission, where she has spent the past 13 years.