By Dave Fidlin

SLN correspondent

After a nearly two-month review process, City of Whitewater officials have minted the municipality’s $9.31 million spending plan for the year ahead.

The Common Council on Nov. 21 approved the 2018 budget and corresponding tax levy, following a formal public hearing.

No one spoke for or against any specific component of the budget, which represents a $109,425 increase in the 2017 budget that clocked in at $9.2 million.

The property tax levy, which is an important revenue source, is set to rise $126,180 in year-over-year comparisons, from $3.34 million a year to $3.47 million this year.

How exactly that levy increase impacts individual property owners within the city could depend on county lines.

Finance Director Steve Hatton previously announced the city’s tax rate within Jefferson County will inch upward by 21 cents, from $5.93 per $1,000 of assessed value to $6.14 per $1,000 of assessed value.

In Walworth County, the tax rate is also slated to rise, though by a smaller amount at 9 cents, from $5.98 per $1,000 of assessed value to $6.07 per $1,000 of assessed value.

For more on the 2018 budget for Whitewater, pick up a copy of the Nov. 30 edition of the Whitewater Register.



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