The Village Board will be reviewing budget information for the next 60 days, with an all-day budget meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2009. Due to a substantial cut in state shared revenues and lower than expected revenues in other areas (interest income, recycling income & building permit fees), the Village will be investigating ways to economize. This includes process improvements and finding ways to reduce discretionary spending. Village staff’s goal during the budget process is the same as every year – to produce a budget that does not raise the Village tax levy above net new construction from the prior year. This means there should be almost no adverse Village impact to the average residential property owner.

Since all Howard residents pay property taxes to five taxing jurisdictions (Howard-Suamico School District, Brown County, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, State of Wisconsin and Village of Howard), the Village annually monitors what portion of your property tax bill is allocated to us. In 2000, 21.8 cents from every tax dollar went to the Village. In 2009, 18.1 cents from every tax dollar went to the Village. In 2010, the number should remain around the 18.1 cents per tax dollar.

If anyone has questions regarding our budget process, please do not hesitate to contact your elected officials or myself.