The Two Rivers City Council at a special meeting on November 27 approved the 2018 City Budget as proposed by the City Manager. Votes on the various budget-related resolutions were unanimous.
With all funds taken into account, the 2018 Budget accounts for $34 million in spending.
The General Fund budget, which funds Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks and Rec and General Government, is just over $10 million, a 2.49 percent increase from 2017—but up only 2 percent when compared to the budget a decade ago.
In terms of property taxes, the adopted budget will increase the City’s share of the property tax bill by 0.35 percent, or about $4 on a $100,000 assessed property. With other taxing units’ tax rates and state credits taken into account that $100,000 property will see about a $14 decline in its total tax bill.
Property taxes will be mailed the week of December 4.
Judy Goodchild Retiring in April
Parks and Recreation Director Judy Goodchild recently gave formal notice of her intent to retire in April 2018, confirming plans she has previously shared with the City’s management team and her department’s employees.
TR’s Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries department has made great strides under Judy’s leadership, in terms of facilities improvements, programming, and support to community special events.
We will begin recruitment for this position by year-end, seeking new leadership for a city department that is very much integral to quality of life here in Two Rivers.
Leaf Pickup Ends Friday, December 1
This is the last week for leaf pickup.
If you still have leaves to dispose of, the County compost site on Basswood Road is open through the winter.
Winter hours at that facility are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM to noon.
Overnight Parking Ban Starts December 1
As the calendar turns to December, Two Rivers’ Winter Parking Ban begins.
Our longstanding local ordinance prohibits parking on streets between 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM, from December 1 through March 15.
There are exceptions for Christmas Day and New Years Day. Also, parking is allowed during parking ban hours in business districts, for up to one hour maximum.
The parking ban is intended to allow for safe and efficient snow removal by City crews.
Violators face a fine of $15, which increases to $40 if snowplowing operations are underway when the ticket is issued.
St. John’s Live Nativity This Saturday
St. John’s Lutheran Church invites the community to its annual live nativity, to be held this Saturday, December 2, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Central Park.
Come downtown to enjoy this Two Rivers tradition and celebrate that good news that is Christmas.
Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.