Tiny tax hike, few extra purchases

City aldermen, from left, Alds. Howard Hansen, Jim Werch, Annette Klein and Al Schraeder discuss the budget, while City Administrator Lori Rich, right, listens.

Riponites may expect a minimal tax increase next year, at least from the city of Ripon.

The city tax rate is anticipated to go up 0.17 percent — about an additional $20 for the owner of a $100,000 house.

But it comes at a cost.

City officials will be heavily limited in their ability to purchase extra items next year. And city employees may see changes in their health insurance plans, such as the inception of a $500 deductible.

Aldermen were given this news last week Thursday, as they sat down for their first official 2014 budget meeting.

Overall, the budget is expected to increase to $5.032 million — an increase of 3.46 percent over the 2013 budget.

This largely is due to an increase in property values in Ripon, as well as some new construction within city limits.

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