Wausau Mayor Starts Government Action Plan

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple says he wants to better the city government by bringing in consultants. It is part of a government action plan to look at roles and responsibilities of everyone who works within city hall; including the mayor.

Mayor Tipple's government action plan includes three steps: the first is to create an outside committee made up of five or seven residents to look at who should be running the city.

Should it be a city administrator with a part-time mayor?

A city manager with no mayor?

Or a full-time mayor, like we have now?

An outside consultant would lead this process, working with the committee. Then, their findings will be given to the city council and those members will most likely have the final say.

So what will this cost to you, as taxpayers?

"I potentially have an outside source to pay for this," Mayor Tipple said, "and it wouldn't cost the taxpayers any dollars, haven't firmed that up, but that's certainly the direction I'm going."

City Council President, Romey Wagner, says he stand behind the mayor's decision, and hopes things get rolling right away.

"This can't be something to be thought of as accomplishing in 18 months," Wagner said, "if we don't turn this into an action-step process that is only months away from solution, then we've failed again."

But is this action too little, too late?

I said to Wagner, "A lot of people are going to say this is just a way for the city to say, 'oh, well now we're going to take a look at things.' People are saying this is too late. We should have done this long ago, and they're probably pretty angry about that.

Wagner replied, "Believe it or not, some of the same questions we, on the council have. Why hasn't the form of government looked at this ten years ago, 8 years ago, 6 years ago... Truly, as a representative of the city, I needed to have no qualifications that had anything to do with government but a personality that would get me elected."


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