Tax Increase or a Service Decrease

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

What if there weren't enough police officers to crack down on lawbreakers?

That may be a reality for the city of Antigo if the budget for 2004 doesn't call for tax increases.

Chief Bill Brandt says his staff is already hurting, and even the crossing guards are at risk. "The crossing guard issue - they would be eliminated at this point. I would certainly try to find something to do to at least try to keep school crossing, and we don't want those kids trying to cross Highway 45 without some kind of assistance."

Areas that could also be trimmed back include the fire department, the public library and the public works. "We looked at last year's budget and we proportioned out the reduction across the board, and we're leaving the final decisions as to which services are going to be retained or reduced to the city council, and that's part of the debate they're going through right now," said Dale Soumis, Director of Administrative Services.

No public bathrooms in the parks on weekends either because there'd be no one available to open or close the parks.

One other possibility is raising the water and sewer rates.

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