Janesville may seek referendums
JANESVILLE--Two council members want to ask local voters whether they support higher taxes to maintain police and fire services and improve street maintenance.
Councilmen Sam Liebert and Jim Farrell asked that the council Monday discuss putting two referendum questions on the April ballot. If voters approve, the council could raise up to $2.5 million in additional revenue.
One referendum would ask taxpayers for $1 million to maintain police and fire services. That comes to about $31 a year for the owner of the average home assessed at $120,100.
The second question would seek approval to raise an additional $1.5 million to maintain streets. That would cost the average homeowner about $46 a year.
Voters could say “yes” to one question, both or neither.
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