Town aims to make road repairs a 2023 budget priority

Hearing on plan that would increase spending, tax rate set for Nov. 21

By KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM

Ozaukee Press staff

Town of Port Washington residents will have the chance to weigh in on a proposed 2023 budget during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

The budget includes funds to complete the town drop off site next to Town Hall and one other initiative, Town Chairman Mike Didier said.

The town will be looking to beef up its road maintenance budget in 2023 after two years of lean spending on roads, he said.

“We’re going to get it done,” Didier said.

Last year, he said, the town sought proposals for road maintenance, primarily chip sealing and crack filling, later in the season.

“I think we were too late in the game to ask people for bids,” he said. “No one could get to us.”

The town expects to spend $50,000 on road maintenance in 2023, Didier said.

The proposed expenditure budget of $776,363 is an increase of 10.6% from last year’s budget of $701,700.

The tax levy is expected to increase from $475,500 to $483,200.

To raise the levy the town tax rate is projected to increase by two cents, from $1.97 per $1,000 assessed valuation to $1.99.

The town’s fund balance is expected to increase, from $526,100 to $645,500.

Immediately following the public hearing, residents at the meeting are expected to adopt the tax levy.

After that, the Town Board will hold a special meeting to adopt the 2023 budget.

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