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Impacts of Levy Limits

Posted on: March 19, 2019

City of Chilton

Chilton

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?  The levy limit hurts us as a small community dramatically. Cultural activities such as youth recreation programs have been cut pushing them onto community organized youth clubs. We are looking to add First Responders and upgrading our Computer Security System but to do these critical features requires cuts or delays to other areas such as Police, Fire and Street Repairs or Maintenance.

How does the levy limit impact your community's budgeting practices and finances, eg, your amount of borrowing?  Chilton remains very budget and borrowing conscious but we have two major road projects that are way past due and need to be done. Without some changes to the levy limit system, it will force us to borrow more to complete projects.

How does the levy limit impact your community's staffing levels and employee compensation?  Our staffing is pretty minimal and cut to the limit. When adding a 7th officer two years ago it was a budget fight as it impacted other departments budgets. Yet Nobody should be forced to do with fewer public safety employees due to the negligence of the State of Wisconsin and its Legislature and their restrictive policies.

Anything else you'd like to say regarding the impact of levy limits on your community?  The State and County's need to stay out of the budgeting policies of smaller communities. In smaller communities if people don't agree with their elected officials they will vote them out if they do not agree with how we are spending the money. We don't need the County or State pushing unfunded mandates or restrictions on us.

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