Green Bay leaders invite questions about tax increase proposal

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A public forum at Green Bay’s City Hall Wednesday will give residents a chance to ask questions about a proposed 1.9 percent property tax increase for 2017.

Mayor Jim Schmitt called for the tax increase as part of the city’s budget. The average household would pay about $20 more in taxes if the city council approves of the increase.

Mayor Schmitt tells Action 2 News there hasn’t been a tax increase in five years, but his office thinks this is the right time to implement one.

They mayor laid out his reasons for asking for a tax increase. He says the city has about 1,000 employees and he wants to make sure they are getting paid a fair wage with proper benefits.

The mayor says the majority of the money will go to the police department. The rest will benefit public works, parks, and maintaining the city’s infrastructure.

“We’re very pleased with it, as I say in my opening remarks in the budget, it was worth every penny,” said Mayor Schmitt. “And people at the end of the day, they look at a lot of things and they look at your downtown, they look at your neighborhoods. But public safety is number one, and we needed to make sure that was rewarded and that we have the best officers–and we do–and that’s going to help us continue to grow.”

The public meeting is 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at City Hall, 100 N Jefferson St.

If the city council approves the tax increase, it will go into effect at the start of 2017.