MOSINEE, Wis. (WAOW) — The city of Mosinee filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Revenue (DOR) last October in an effort to recover $48,000.
According to Mayor Brent Jacobson, the department’s personal property aid calculations included an error. As part of the 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Budget Act, the formula used by the DOR shorted the city those thousands of dollars.
Mayor Jacobson said the department refused to resolve the issue in 2019. He then decided the city’s best course of action was to sue the DOR.
Last week Marathon County Judge Greg Huber agreed that the department made an error. His decision grants Mosinee its money.
Mayor Jacobson says the ruling will make a big difference for the city.
“It may not seem like much to a larger community,” said Jacobson. “But for a small community, like Mosinee, that’s over 20 percent of our debt service payment and tax increment district. When you look at that, that’s very hard to make it up elsewhere other than raise taxes on our residents — which, for a math error, we really shouldn’t have to be doing.”
Judge Huber also issued a statewide injunction as a result of the suit. It prevents the Department of Revenue from using the aid formula on any other Wisconsin municipalities.
Mayor Jacobson says the DOR could still appeal the ruling, but doesn’t believe the department will do so.