Chippewa Falls City Council approves referendum for November election

The City Council will ask for about $1.2 million in the referendum once the language is finalized.
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:52 PM CDT
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The Chippewa Falls City Council approved adding a referendum to the ballot on November 8 during Tuesday’s meeting.

The referendum, which is tentatively set for $1.277 million, would be to exceed the levy limit the state of Wisconsin sets on property taxes.

The need for the extra money is to hire more people and keep up with a growing population and demand for services, Gregory Hoffman, Chippewa Falls Mayor, said in April. The current increases based on population growth have only been enough to cover increased health care costs and some salary adjustments, Hoffman.

“I think we’ve become accustomed, and the expectation is that we’re going to have outstanding service,” Hoffman said. “I want to make sure citizens continue to get that service. With that service though, comes a cost because it takes more staff, and we want paramedics. We want the best trained officers. We want all these things to be working in our community.”

Money from the referendum would go toward creating four new jobs in public safety: one position in the police department and three in the fire department.

A chunk of the additional dollars would give a pay raise to current employees.

If approved, the referendum would take effect in early 2023.

Hoffman said it would cost a property valued between $100,000 and $150,000 about $15 a month.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Hoffman said that there will be several town halls scheduled in the coming months where people can learn about how the money will be used.

On August 16, the City Council will approve the final cost of the referendum and the language that will appear on the November ballot.

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