City council approves 2013 budget
JANESVILLE--The Janesville City Council on Monday passed the 2013 budget on a 5-2 vote, and council member Russ Steeber said work on the 2014 budget should begin in January in an effort to control future spending.
Steeber and fellow council members Sam Liebert, Jim Farrell, Kathy Voskuil and Deb Dongarra-Adams approved the budget, which includes a $43-million general fund—a 2.21 percent increase from last year.
Council members Matt Kealy and DuWayne Severson voted “no.”
The tax levy will increase 1.84 percent from $29.375 million to $29.916 million. The tax rate without tax incremental financing will increase .63 percent from $7.63 to $7.68.
The budget calls for a $16 increase per household in garbage collection fees and freezes a police officer position.
The council will set the tax rate for all taxing jurisdictions Friday.