Town of Brooklyn Chairman Mike Wuest explains Tuesday at a special town meeting the reasoning behind the Town Board recommending residents to approve a $100,000 increase to the town's tax levy.
Town of Brooklyn Chairman Mike Wuest explains Tuesday at a special town meeting the reasoning behind the Town Board recommending residents to approve a $100,000 increase to the town's tax levy.

   The town of Brooklyn needed to cover its normal expenses for road repairs and other necessary projects that fall under its budget line for public works.

   For 2018, that line was set to increase 12.9 percent ($89,131) to $779,339.

   But the town’s state-formulated levy limit not only didn’t rise, it shrunk about $2,000 from last year, according to Brooklyn Chairman Mike Wuest.

   “Our budget hasn’t changed from last year,” he said during a public hearing before a special town meeting Tuesday. “We’re still doing business the way we did: still costs the same; some is going to cost more.”

   So, to fill a gap between revenues and expenses, the Town Board proposed exceeding the state’s allowable levy limit by $100,000 for the 2018 budget.

   And the town’s electors agreed Tuesday evening.

   Read the full story, including where the $100,000 may be spent, in the Nov. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.