Marshfield aldermen approve budget with tax rate increase
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield property owners will see a tax increase of just over 3.5 percent next year, under the city’s 2021 budget.
The common council voted 7-3 on Nov. 30 in favor of a $46 million spending plan for next year that includes a tax increase of 7.4 percent. The city tax rate will jump from $9.54 per thousand to $10.25. But Marshfield Finance Director Ron Aumann was quick to point out that the other taxing entities in the city of Marshfield will come in with reductions that will help offset the city’s increases.
Aumann also said the budget pays the city’s debt in full for the first time since 2012. That was enough to get Alderman Ed Wagner’s “yes” vote.
Carey Weister of 1105 Weister Court was one of two residents to speak against the budget.
With all things considered, Marshfield City Administrator Steve Barg said the city’s general fund is actually dropping by a half percent from the 2020 amount. And even with a slight increase in the actual tax rate, he said Marshfield’s rate comes in lower than most of its neighbors.
Aumann said rates on city tax bills that go out later this month will go up by $87 dollars on a home valued at $100,000, and $174 for homes valued at $200,000.
Aldermen Ken Bargender, Adam Fischer, and Rebecca Spiros voted against the budget.