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Kronenwetter joins Wausau in pushing for shared revenue increase

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KRONENWETTER, Wis. (WSAU) - Kronenwetter is joining the list of local municipalities asking for their shared revenue back from the state.

The village board voted on the measure last night. Village president Judi Akey says the village is just one of the local groups that could use their state aid again. "The state will be getting over 126 million dollars in revenue that had not been projected."

The League of Municipalities sent out that letter last month, asking for swift action from the state on the matter. Akey says the issue of timing is one of budgets. The state cut 100 million dollars in shared revenue during the last budget cycle, and local governments are still trying to budget around the gap. "What we're asking is go back and restore 48 million dollars and please do it quickly."

Wausau’s Mayor Jim Tipple agrees. He says restoring shared revenue could help struggling cities and help keep local taxes down. The Mayor says shared revenue funding has been dropping steadily and that’s making it difficult on local governments. Tipple hopes Madison does respond to the League’s request, because every dollar helps.

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