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Wisconsin Rapids budget plan funds blight reduction, technology efforts

Mayor pledges no layoffs, tax hikes; proposes five new initiatives in 2014 executive budget proposal

11:23 AM, Oct. 23, 2013
Zach Vruwink
Zach Vruwink
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As part of the documents that accompany his 2014 executive budget proposal, Mayor Zach Vruwink says he will not lay off city workers or consider a tax increase.

Meanwhile, identifying and conducting what amounts to a cost-benefit analysis for each task city workers accomplish throughout the year is balanced with adding new initiatives, according to the draft proposal Vruwink presented to the city Finance and Property Committee earlier this month.

Hurdles to balancing the $34.6 million budget - a $1.1 million reduction in expenses from 2013 - included a 26 percent increase in workers ...

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