Prairie du Chien council approves 2014 budget

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the city’s 2014 budget Tuesday night, which includes a decrease in the city’s tax bill.

The regular council meeting started off with a public hearing during which City Administrator Aaron Kramer reviewed the budget. He said the projected 2014 tax bills for Prairie du Chien taxpayers would be down $2.19 on a home assessed at $100,000. The city’s portion of that tax bill, which includes a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy, is down $11.89 per $100,000 due to the property growth in the city. According to Kramer, all of the other taxing jurisdictions were up from their 2013 numbers.

Kramer said another large factor in the overall decrease was a $28.13 increase in the state lottery credit. Alderman Frank Pintz asked what future budgets look like, and Kramer said the council should not expect a similar large increase in property values in the future. He added that, in general, the city’s finances are in good shape.

Kramer said the Ft. Crawford Museum requested an additional $500 for a total of $4,000 from the city in the 2014 budget. He supported the request, and said the funds could come from the Contingency Fund, which is currently $107,886.

Following the public hearing, the council unanimously approved the 2014 budget with an additional $500 for the Ft. Crawford Museum.  

Godden Pit analysis
Kurt Muchow, of Vierbicher Associates, presented to the council the analysis of the Godden Pit watershed. The purpose of the analysis was to document the existing condition of the pit, analyze future storm water needs and make recommendations for improvements to Godden Pit.

Muchow noted that the pit has an infiltration problem due to a buildup of clay and sediment at the base, which is increasing the time it takes for the water to drain. He said the June 2013 storms brought the pit within nine feet of overflooding, but that there was still considerable capacity at the time to take on additional water.

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