The Common Council listens to City Administrator Lori Rich's budget presentation.
The Common Council listens to City Administrator Lori Rich's budget presentation.

   It’s official: the city of Ripon will consider adding new fees for 2020 during upcoming Common Council meetings.

   That was the primary take-away from last week Thursday’s first budget meeting of the season. And it was a decision the council made good on just days later.

   Over the course of the hour-and-a-half meeting, aldermen considered few alterations to the budget as presented, except to look more strongly at adding to the bottom line via potential new fees.

   If any of the several fees considered are created, new revenue generated could be used to repair roads or to fund other expenses that currently are being deferred.

   While council members have been reluctant in past years to consider charging Ripon property more through new fees, that attitude has changed.

   Multiple council members discussed new fees for 2020, with the biggest disagreements being over how and when to make such decisions.

   As City Administrator Lori Rich presented potential fees proposed, she noted that they “are just some options to consider as we find our budgets more and more difficult.”

Read the full story in the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.