Superior Mayor Requests More Funding to Match Municipal Services

By KBJR News 1

Superior Mayor Requests More Funding to Match Municipal Services

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen wants more funding for services to state owned properties within the city.

The state doesn't pay property taxes for things like the University of Wisconsin-Superior, or the Department of Transportation building.

Instead, they pay for municipal services.

Mayor Hagen says the Wisconsin Act 32, a budget bill from 2011, reduced payments for municipal services by 10%.

He says the current formula to calculate municipal costs with the reduction is leaving tax payers with the short end of the stick.

"They are only going to recommend paying the City of Superior 250,000," said Mayor Hagen. "So that's less than half of the value of what would be received through property taxes if they were on the tax rolls."

Mayor Hagen says if calculated on actual costs for municipal services for state property services it would be more than $500,000.

What the state is paying is less than half that.

Tuesday the mayor released a letter to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities asking the organization to join Superior in fighting for what he feels the municipalities should be getting.

He also plans to lobby lawmakers in Madison.