Thorp garbage service referendum fails

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM

NOVEMBER 12, 2013 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the City of Thorp on November 12, 2013, the following proposed question will appear on the ballot:

Under state law, the increase in the levy of the City of Thorp for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year 2014, is limited to 18.5%, which results in a levy of $451,530. Shall the City of Thorp be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2014, by a total of 35.7%, which results in a levy of $516,978.?

EXPLANATION

The Common Council of the City of Thorp believes that it is in the city’s best interest to include the cost of residential garbage and recycling collection as part of its property tax levy on an ongoing basis.  The current estimated annual cost of the residential garbage and recycling collection is $65,448.  The advantages of having the City pay the cost of residential garbage and recycling collection include: (1) customers will not be billed directly for residential garbage and recycling collection; and (2) the problem of littering and the unlawful disposal of residential waste should be substantially reduced.

The statutory deadline to begin publication of the notice of the referendum was October 9, 2013, prior to the date when the Thorp Common Council will adopt its 2014 budget.  As a result the City of Thorp was forced to phrase the referendum question assuming the City Council would adopt the maximum tax levy, after annual adjustments, allowed by law.  Instead, the City Council will be considering a proposed budget that will result in a 2014 tax levy of:

Without the levy increase limit provided for in this referendum        $389,462 or a 2.21% increase.

With the levy increase limit provided for in this referendum             $454,910 or a 19.39% increase.

 By voting "YES", you will be voting to allow the City of Thorp to add, on an ongoing basis, $65,448 to its levy increase limit (before annual adjustments).

 By voting "NO", you will be voting to not allow the City of Thorp to add $65,448 to its levy increase limit (before annual adjustments).

                                                                                                Done in the City of Thorp

                                                                                                On November 6, 2013.

THORP, Wis. (WEAU) -- THORP, Wis. (WEAU) - A proposal to put garbage service expenses on a community's tax roll has failed in a referendum.

On Tuesday, voters in the City of Thorp rejected the referendum 142-39. Mayor Ray Stroinski says some people have been putting garbage in dumpsters without the consent of the owners. He says others are not recycling items properly. Right now, a private company picks up garbage for property owners, and bills them individually. This measure would have had the company bill the city, which would have taxed people living in Thorp for the service. Stroinski says businesses or owners of homes worth more than $150,000 would have paid more if the referendum had passed.

Stroinski says the city is now hoping to figure out an alternative plan.


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