At the Dec. 1 meeting of the Chilton Common Council, the council approved the 2021 operating budget of $2.95 million, with a municipal tax rate of $5.4122 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Mayor Tom Reinl noted that without the North State Street project, the assessed rate would have been about $5.20 which would have been comparable to the 2020 rate of $5.2653 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Following the lead provided by the General Government Committee, the council approved the new 2021 Health Insurance proposal for all employees who elect to enroll in health care coverage. The policy would utilize a rate structure supplied by Anthem and would be based on deductibles of $3,500/$7,000 and would entail a 15 percent contribution from employees. In a secondary vote, it was approved to implement a single waiver insurance rate of $2,500 and increase the waiver value for limited family and family plans from $4,000 to $5,000.

(For more Chilton Common Council news, please see the Dec. 17 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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