Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Library $50,000 restored, will we notice?

City of Brookfield, TAXES


Council restores library budget cuts

The Brookfield's Common Council last night restored $50,000 in the Brookfield Public Library budget as part of its approval of the city's 2009 executive budget.

The council approved the budget, which calls for a $34.3 million tax levy, an increase over $33 million in 2009. The overall budget is $73.4 million, a decrease from 2008's $77.1 million.

With the addition of the library funds, the tax rate will be $5.29 per $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the owner of a $335,000 home would pay $1,772 in city taxes.

Two other proposals to reduce the budget - taking $25,000 from the Police Department's DARE program and further reducing fuel budgets - made no headway on the council floor, Finance Director Robert Scott said.


Council to have budget hearing tonight

The city of Brookfield will hold a public hearing on the city's 2009 budget at 7:45 p.m. today at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

The city's overall budget for 2009 is proposed at $73.4 million, a decrease from the 2008 budget of $77.1 million. The tax levy would increase 3.64 percent, going from $33 million in 2008 to $34.2 million in 2009.

The tax rate would be $5.29 per $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the owner of a $335,000 home would pay $1,772 in city taxes, an increase of $47 from 2008.



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