Walczyk: Watertown Is 'Hoarding' Tax Dollars

Walczyk: Watertown Is 'Hoarding' Tax Dollars

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Watertown is hoarding taxpayer money, according to City Council Member Mark Walczyk.

His remarks came after our report Tuesday where City Manager Sharon Addison warned lawmakers if they don't curb spending, the city may have to lay off workers or cut services.

Walczyk, who was unavailable for comment for our Tuesday report, took to Twitter Wednesday.

He tweeted:  "The city is hoarding your tax dollars with $11 million in the rainy day fund. I will not support a budget that exceeds the tax cap."

Another tweet said, "This year Watertown City staff tried to purchase a private golf club but I wasn't buying the scheme. Now they say there's no $$$$? There's $11 million of your tax money in the rainy day fund. Layoffs? I'm not buying that either."

Walczyk was referring to the Watertown Golf Club. The city owns nine of the 18 holes on the course at Thompson Park and leases that land to the golf club. The city tried to buy the other nine holes in July, but city council backed off that plan after backlash from taxpayers.

Just by factoring in next year's raises for city workers, Addison says Watertown exceeds the state's 2 percent tax cap by $100,000.

Council would have to vote to override the tax cap and that would likely mean a larger tax increase for residents.

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