Green Bay City Council adopts budget for 2023, levies $7.58 tax rate

GREEN BAY – The City Council Tuesday night approved a $123.7 million budget that will charge property owners $7.58 for every $1,000 their property has been assessed, a decrease from the initial proposal.

Mayor Eric Genrich cast the deciding vote, after the council split 6-6 following council members trimming another $838,045 from the tax levy. The mayor’s initial budget proposal in October called for a tax rate of $7.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. That was less than the current tax rate of $9.80 per $1,000.

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The council had intended to approve a budget Thursday night, but City Council President Jesse Brunette, and six other members said residents needed to see more cuts to the spending plan Genrich had introduced; that proposal had been called for the city to collect $49.2 million in property taxes. Brunette had said that residents were concerned their tax bills would grow considerably larger than what they’d paid a year ago; a number feared their property taxes would grow considerably because the city reassessed property values.

Voting in favor of the budget were Jim Hutchison, Bill Galvin, Randy Scannell, Craig Stevens, Brian Johnson and Mark Steuer. Voting “no” were Brunette, Jennifer Grant, Bill Morgan, Steve Campbell, Chris Wery and Melinda Eck.

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