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Roads, land purchase drive proposed tax hike in town PDF Print E-mail
Daily News
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:21

Budget, 8.5% levy increase to be presented during Nov. 13 hearing

    Town of Port Washington voters will have their say on a proposed 2018 budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13.
    The proposed budget reflects an increase of 8.5%, from $567,564 this year to $572,415 next year.
    The proposed levy would increase from $457,517 this year to $462,233 next year. To raise that amount, the tax rate would increase from $2.18 this year to $2.28 next year.
    Town Chairman Jim Melichar said two major items are spurring the increase — a $50,000 allocation for purchase of property and an increase in the town roads budget of $80,000.
    The town is considering buying two properties just west of the Town Hall on Highland Drive to expand its recycling operations, and Melichar said the $50,000 would reflect an initial payment if a purchase agreement can be reached.
    “They (the property owners) gave Mike the idea they would like payments over time,” Melichar said, referring to Supr. Mike Didier, a real estate agent.
    The town is currently waiting to receive an appraisal of the properties as it proceeds with negotiations, he said.
    The idea of purchasing the properties came because a number of residents have asked the town to put a roof over its recycling operation, which is housed next to the Town Hall, officials have said, adding there isn’t enough room on the Town Hall property to erect a building.
    The family that owns the adjoining lots has approached the town to see if it might be interested in buying the parcels, prompting the town’s actions.
    The parcel closest to the hall has a dilapidated house on it, while the other has a rental property. The town could potentially use the lot closest to it for its recycling operation and either continue to rent out the other property or tear it down for future development, officials have said.
    The road funds are slated for two projects — reconstruction of Northwoods Road, which is considered the worst road in the town, and seal coating Mink Ranch Road — Melichar said.
    This would complete the Mink Ranch Road project, he said.
    The Northwoods Road project is expected to be done in conjunction with the Village of Saukville, which has jurisdiction over the west side of the roadway.   Daily Press