With little discussion and no public participation, the Boscobel Common Council passed a 2017 city budget of $2.6 million on Monday night, an increase of 0.9 percent over last year. The net tax rate increased from $19.85 to $23.62 per $1,000 of assessed valuation—an increase of 19 percent.
“The mill rate went up $3.77 from last year, but it could have been worse,” said City Administrator Arlie Harris. “We did benefit from some lottery tax credit increases.”
The majority of the increase was due to the passage of a $1.8 million school revenue referendum that passed in April, with $950,000 of that included in the 2016 property tax bill. That resulted in a school tax increase of 51.8 percent—from $6.77 to $10.28 per $1,000.
For the complete story, please see the Dec. 15, 2016 issue of the Boscobel Dial.