Wheel Tax, Mayor raise & Shipyard loan approved by City Council

GREEN BAY, Wis. - It was a busy Tuesday night for the Green Bay City Council.

City leaders have approved resolutions to give the Mayor a $12,000 raise over a four year term and borrowing $2 million to start phase one of the Shipyard Project.

City Council has also approved the first reading of an ordinance for a proposed $20 wheel tax.

It is the first time in eight years that the city will give its Mayor a bump in pay. Current Mayor Jim Schmitt makes $82,500 per year, but the raise would not go into effect until a new mayor is in office next year.

The City of Green Bay will also now borrow $2 million from the Redevelopment Authority, to start working on phase one of the Shipyard Project. Phase one consists of securing property and design work.

City Council still has one more reading to go before an ordinance for a $20 wheel tax can go into effect city wide. They passed the first reading Tuesday night.

The wheel tax would be an added fee for all city residents, on their annual vehicle registrations.

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