Village’s proposed 2020 budget calls for 1.4% tax rate increase

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Most Village of Grafton residents could receive a slight increase in their property taxes next year.

The Grafton Village Board met with department heads Monday, Oct. 21, to discuss the 2020 budget during a Committee of the Whole meeting.

Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said the village is projecting an increase of 12.8-cents or 1.44% in the village tax rate, which means residents would pay $7.32 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

That means the owner of a house assessed at $250,000 would pay $32 more than last year for the annual property tax bill for 2020, or $2.67 per month.

The proposed $27.6 million budget is up $462,121, or 1.7%, from 2019. 

Thyes said the budget increase is primarily due to a number of capital improvement projects, including the construction of an $8.1 million headworks building for the Utility Department. The department is also planning an $850,000 project to improve its lift stations on 17th Avenue and Green Bay Road and replace water meters throughout the village for $199,000.

The budget calls for replacing 1.1 miles of roads and improving sidewalks at a total cost of  $1.2 million.

Village officials said they have not received property evaluations for manufacturing companies from the state, which could lower the tax rate.

“We only have our best guess from what’s available. When we have the final numbers that can change the tax rate dramatically,” Village President Jim Brunnquell said.

The Village Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 4, before it approves the final budget.

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