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Wausau budget passes, but with disagreements


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wausau’s city budget passed, but not without some friction over three amendments and funding for the Boys and Girls Club.

Councilman Keene Winters offered three amendments to the budget, as handouts to the city council before the meeting. This was not well received by Mayor Jim Tipple, who said people want transparency, and they should have been presented sooner. Tipple said, “We’ve spent seven months on the budget, and at the last minute, somebody’s going to have to fast read this whole thing and react to it, and I think that is absolutely absurd.” Winters responded by saying, “Well, last year, we had Boys and Girls Club come out of the thin air and had no warning. At least I’ve taken the time to write this down and walk you through the three amendments, which I think can save the taxpayers money.”

Winters and Tipple continued their exchange after the meeting. The Mayor repeated his position that these issues should have been dealt with sooner and through the Finance Committee. Winters told Tipple he did what the mayor challenged him to do, and that was to find ways to save money...which Winters believes he did.

As part of the 2014 budget, council members approved $25,000 in their budget for the Boys and Girls Club, and they approved Tax Incremental Financing totalling $650,000 for equipment and improvements for CAG Industrial.