Waupun 2018 Budget Advances Through Committee

10/24/17 – The 2018 Waupun city budget passed through committee Tuesday night with no changes. The $11-million-dollar document includes a tax levy of just over $3-million dollars, an increase of 12-percent or $321-thousand dollars from the current budget. The mill rate as proposed would be 86-cents higher for Waupun residents in Fond du Lac County at 7.68-cents per thousand while Dodge County residents would see an increase of 82-cents to $7.66. The price of an average home in Fond du Lac County is $126-thousand dollars and that property owner would pay $108 more this year for the city portion of the tax bill. In Dodge County, where the average home price is $105-thousand dollars, the tax bill would be $86 higher. City Finance Director Jared Oosterhouse says Waupun residents tax bills will not look much different than they did two budgets ago in 2016. Oosterhouse says that is because there was a significant decrease on the school district portion of the tax bills Waupun residents saw last December. The capital improvement budget totals $476-thousand dollars and includes the razing of Washington School, a replacement fire alarm system at the Community Center and the asphalt mill and overlay of Franklin and Walker streets. There were no streets repairs budgeted in Waupun this year. Equipment replacements totaling $200-thousand dollars include a new tractor-backhoe and a combo riding lawnmower-snow blower. A $50-thousand-dollar carryover from 2017 is being directed to economic development. The funds would be used for a new website and brand implementation plan to attract more people to the community along with a part-time or contracted economic development position. The public hearing and final vote on the budget by the Waupun Common Council will be on November 14.