Muskego - It was a painless budget that the Muskego Common Council approved last week in which the $18.3 million in 2017 expenditures calls for a no-increase in the property tax rate and for improvements such as body cameras and a drone for the police department and remodeling for the library.
Although the property tax levy of $12.4 million is up 0.8 percent, the property tax rate will fall 2 cents per $1,000 of value. That means the owner of a $300,000 home will save $6 in property taxes for city purposes. The tab for city services will be $1,461 next year.
The rate will fall even though the levy is slightly up because the tax base grew.
The city's 2017 general operating budget of $15 million is 1.2 percent or $178,000 more than the previous year.
The capital budget of $7.7 million contains money for a new city hall, police department and municipal garage addition. Of the $7.55 million total cost for a new city hall, the budget sets aside $4.2 million to be spent next year. Of the $7.6 million needed to remodel and enlarge the current city hall to become a new police station, the budget sets aside $379,846 mainly for design. And of the $3.2 million for a public works garage addition, about $2.3 million will be spent next year. About $1.1 million of design costs have been funded with part of the money the Advance Disposal landfill pays the city to be able to operate within its borders.
Other capital spending that survived the city's review are police body cameras for $40,500, a drone with night vision and photographic capabilities for $7,491, replacing police electronic stun guns for $16,700, redesigning the Muskego Library children's area for $61,500, replacing library HVAC controls for $45,000, replacing eight chairs for $8,000 and engineering for eventual Moorland Road reconstruction for $120,000.
Non-union staff members will receive a 1 percent raise with a maximum 1.5 percent in merit raise.