By Correne Martin
An overview of the city of Prairie du Chien’s proposed 2016 budget was given to the common council Tuesday night, prior to the council’s scheduling of a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. City Administrator Aaron Kramer said exact numbers won’t be known until next week when state tax credits are revealed, but he estimated the overall impact on tax payers in Prairie du Chien to be a $46.18 increase on a $100,000 home. This approximation includes county, school and Southwest Tech portions of the tax bill.
The city’s budget includes a 1.12 increase in the tax levy—$2,300,300 up from $2,274,723—or an $25,577 in additional levy. Key aspects, as recommended by the finance committee, include:
•a wage increase of 30 cents for employees not covered under a contract.
•a garbage fee increase to $12.50 per month for garbage, recycling and clean sweep services.