October 15, 2015

Washburn budget finalized


The Washburn City Commission put a stamp of approval on the 2016 budget after two separate meetings on Friday to finalize a few final line items.

Tom Link asked the commission at the beginning of the meeting what kind of change he should expect to see in his taxes next year.

President of the Commission Larry Thomas responded that he didn’t know. City Auditor Joan Zimmerman said that even though the city’s valuation had increased, the number of mills it was requesting was going down - factors that she expected to essentially cancel each other out.

"I don’t have a number for you, but I would assume it would close to being the same if not a little less," Zimmerman said. "It may just be a wash."

Some residents were alarmed at a public notice that recently ran in the Leader-News showing an expected 47 percent increase. Zimmerman explained that all the number meant was a 47 percent increase in the number of mills in the general fund.

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