WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple will run for re-election in the spring.
Tipple told supporters on the steps of city hall Wednesday that he plans to seek a third term. He is the first candidate to announce a campaign.
“The city is really about people and I am looking forward to working with the people of Wausau in the years ahead,” Tipple said.
Voters first elected Tipple to office in 2004, helping him unseat incumbent Mayor Linda Lawrence. Tipple beat former City Council member Deb Hadley in 2008 – 58 to 41 percent.
Tipple said he will continue to aggressively work to bring new jobs to the city, if he is re-elected. He said city officials are already working to lure high-tech jobs to the city.
“That's the key to holding down the tax rate is growing your community responsibly through investments, increasing the job labor force,” Tipple said.
Tipple made holding the line on property taxes a key part of his campaign four years ago. But property taxes have risen over the last three years. The owner of a $100,000 home paid $2 more on the city portion of their tax bill in 2009, $18 more in 2010 and $8 more this year, according to city documents.
City leaders will be forced to make tough decisions to freeze property taxes because of state levy limits, Tipple said.
“We've always tried to maintain the rate of tax increase if at all possible,” Tipple said.