2019 Oconto Falls city budget approved

Property tax levy increases 4.6 percent

Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com

The heavy lifting part of preparing the annual Oconto Falls city budget happens in October and November, as committees pore over the numbers with City Administrator Vicki Roberts and the various department heads.

So, there was not much left to do when the City Council met Nov. 27 to pass the budget, tax levy and various fees for 2019.

In less than five minutes, all of those tasks were accomplished and aldermen got ready to go home for the night.

The only final adjustment made was a $5,000 increase in revenue because of an unexpected last-minute grant. The council approved the $2.5 million budget with a corresponding $5,000 reduction in the amount taken from its fund balance — the city’s “savings account.”

Also approved was a property tax levy of $1,077,009, which represents a 4.6 percent increase over 2018. The rest of the budget is funded by state and federal aid and various grants.

The schedule of various fees charged by the city, from dog licenses and bike registration to bartender and tavern licenses, and rental fees for city facilities from conference rooms to park pavilions, is unchanged this year and was approved on a voice vote.

The meeting was preceded an hour earlier by the annual public hearing on the budget, which turned out to be even shorter than the city council meeting. No members of the general public appeared to comment.