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Green Bay City Council approves 2013 budget


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay City Council has approved the city’s 2013 budget after a public hearing Wednesday. 

The proposed budget is over $101 million dollars and keeps the city’s share of property taxes in line with last year while maintaining services.  The city's share of property taxes would actually see a slight decrease of six-tenths of a percent.  Mayor Jim Schmitt had proposed having early retirees pay their "fair share" and asked the council to approve raising what they pay for health benefits over the next 3 or 4 years.  But the council decided against that, and stretched out the plan over ten years. 

The budget increases spending by over half a million dollars. 

It calls for filling over 20 vacancies in public works and parks that occurred during the hiring freeze.

The plan provides operational funding for the aging Colburn Pool that has been experiencing increased repair costs and dwindling attendance because of newer aquatic centers. 

An additional five more community service interns will be hired to handle low-level police calls as part of a plan to save the police department money.  Schmitt is also rolling out a new $24,000 pilot program for aldermanic districts.  Each district will receive $2,000 for events or projects. 

After nearly two years without one, city workers will also get two-tenths of a percent pay raise towards the end of 2013, but overall will be paying more for benefits next year.