CHIPPEWA FALLS — Homeowners in Chippewa Falls will see a decline in their overall tax bill next year. However, a school referendum looms that would make those tax bills increase in 2019 if it gains approval in April. Total taxes — combining city, state, school and county bills — show that a person who owns a home valued at $150,000 will see property taxes drop by $23 in 2018. The 2017 tax bill on that $150,000 home was $3,076 in 2017 but will decline to $3,053 next year.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls levy will increase by $157,776 in 2018, climbing by 2.41 percent. The city’s overall budget also will increase by about 1.84 percent. The Chippewa Falls City Council unanimously approved its 2018 budget Tuesday. City finance manager Lynne Bauer said that state-required levy limits kept the budget increase to less than 3 percent. The city added a firefighter position — a battalion chief — at a cost of $129,000, Bauer