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Oak Creek holds public hearing on budget, awards trash contract

Michael Schrantz

— On Thursday, the town of Oak Creek held a public hearing on its 2013 proposed budget.

The Town Board has held a number of public work sessions on the budget in the past months and accepted public comment Thursday.

Oak Creek property owner Scott Wedel spoke against the town’s decision to charge its enterprise funds management fees in its draft budget. Wedel has submitted a petition with former mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman to limit the town to recouping actual costs from the enterprise funds or put the matter to a public vote.

Ann Trout spoke in favor of the town’s decisions. Onika Mayer, of Willow Hill and Oak Creek mobile home parks, said services like police and parks are assets that help the community retain people. She added that any increase in service fees in the town are felt by those that struggle to afford rent.

Oak Creek accepted Old West Sanitation’s trash services bid. The rates for trash services will increase 75 cents per household. The town also will use about 3,000 in fund balance to cover trash expenses, which Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said she hopes is at least somewhat recouped by tighter billing procedures. Page-Allen described using fund balance to cover costs as being fair to those residents who had paid into the balance.

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