Property tax increase in Merrill

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MERRILL, Wis. (WAOW)– The Merrill Common Council voted to increase property taxes in the city. For every $75,000 of assessed property value, Merrill residents will see their property taxes increase by $5 per month.

Some residents are trying to convince the mayor to veto the tax hike.

“It’s frustrating because you’re trying to raise a family, take care of a house, have a business, pay employees, make payroll,” said Merrill Resident Mark Bares.

Bares is hoping Mayor Derek Woellner will stand by a promise he made earlier this year, to veto votes he doesn’t agree with as long as he can 50 signatures.

Bares said he has already gathered almost 150 signatures.

But the Common Council says the tax increase is necessary to prevent cuts in the city’s budget.

“We’re here to provide services for the community and as of right now, none of those services will be cut,” said the President of the Merrill Common Council Rob Norton.

The Common Council voted to increase property taxes because of back loaded payments on a previous referendum and three major health insurance claims from former city employees.

The Mayor told News 9 he hasn’t made a decision on whether he’ll veto the increase, but hopes to come to a final decision by Sunday.

Sarah McGrew

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