Village budget includes 7.5% cut in property tax rate

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Village of Fredonia’s tax rate will drop 7.49% on this December’s tax bill to $5.21 per $1,000 assessed value under the 2020 budget approved last week by the Village Board.

The village will levy $922,711 in property taxes, while general-fund spending will increase 0.33% from last year to $1,137,180.

With the drop in the tax rate from $5.60 per $1,000 value, the owner of a home assessed at $200,000 will pay $1,042 in village property taxes, down $78 from last year.

The budget for the fire department and ambulance service is expected to increase 28.51%, or $51,667, to $232,915. 

That’s due mainly to $35,000 in health-insurance benefits for the village’s first full-time EMS person, who replaced two part-timers earlier this year.

The budget also includes a 12% sewer-rate increase in 2020 to fund upgrades at the water treatment plant.

Officials expect 10% increases in sewer rates in each of the next two years and 8% increases in each of the two years after that.

Nearly a half-million dollars worth of capital projects will be deferred as part of the budget.

Water rates will increase 3%, which will cost an average homeowner an additional $14 per quarter and a larger commercial operator  an extra $24 per quarter.

Health insurance for village employees will go up 2.8%, while dental and vision insurance both will increase 6%.

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