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Richland Center City Council December 1st Meeting

The Richland Center City Council met for regular business on Tuesday night and approved the 2016 city budget.

There were positive items that came to light during the budget process. Among those was a $33,470 increase in the allowable property tax limit which resulted in new construction within the city – most notably the addition to Schreiber Foods on Sextonville Road and the new All American Do It Center. Property taxes will go down slightly in 2016. The city’s mill rate prior to the state lottery credit is $8.11. That’s 5-cents lower than 2015. For Richland Center residents, their overall mill rate – which includes taxes payable to the city, local school district, county, technical college, and state – will decrease by 17-cents per $1,000 of property valuation.

It was reported that the city’s financial picture is improving. As a result of that outlook, the Richland Center City Council approved a 2% wage increase for all non-union city employees. The raise will take effect on January 1st.

The City of Richland Center has secured its fireworks contractor for 2016. Krueger Pyrotechnics of Cuba City will again provide the city’s display. The contract was for $15,000, which is the same as the 2015 show. Richland Center’s fireworks will take place the evening of Saturday, July 2nd.

In other news items from last night’s Richland Center City Council meeting, it was announced that the wastewater treatment plant is up-and-running, with the facility’s operations gaining full capacity. Utility Superintendent Rod Perry reported that the treated water discharge into the Pine River far-exceeds the utility’s expectations and is much purer than what was discharged from the former plant in the city. Mayor Paul Corcoran reported that the city has made the request to the Buena Vista Flying Club to obtain a quote to convert the club’s fuel tank to allow it to dispense regular aviation fuel. He said talks continue with the club on its use of the facility at the Richland Airport.