(Town of Beaver Dam) Fixing roads would be one part that a proposed referendum will address if approved by town of Beaver Dam voters on August 9th. The town board is seeking to exceed revenue limits in perpetuity to fund increased fire and EMS costs and road maintenance.
For the 2023 budget, the township is limited by state statute to a levy increase of point-seven-five-percent (0.75%) which results in a total levy of $520,870. If approved, the referendum would increase 76.7-percent, adding $400-thousand dollars next year and each year thereafter. The owner of a $100-thousand dollar home would see the township portion of their tax bill increase from $188 to $294, based on the current years data, if the question is approved.
Board Chairman Joseph Kern says roads need to be addressed. He says one of the biggest reasons why their asphalt roads have issues is due to garbage trucks and delivery vehicles stopping in front of driveways. Kern says that could be a reason why property owners see potholes developing in front of their homes.
The town did borrow $2-million-dollars in 2018 and a portion went to fixing roughly 11 miles of roadway. However, the bill for previously contracted roadwork came in higher than expected due to rising costs and those borrowed dollars have been spent. Kern says the town received approximately $412-thousand-dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding, split up into two payments. He says they are using a part of the first payout to cover the remaining road repair costs, just about $145-thousand-dollars. Kern says the town board is going to reevaluate what they are going to do with their second payment which could go towards operating funds or for roads.
Kern notes the ARPA funding is not a fix all for their issues. He says he hopes the public understands that the money is a lump sum but the town will not be receiving it on a continual basis.
A community meeting to discuss the referendum is planned for next Tuesday, July 26th, at 7pm at Town Hall.