A higher than expected city assessed value has helped the Rhinelander city council keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.
The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.
The former Lindey Cleaners in Rhinelander could eventually be leveled and more parking put in it's place.
That outcome started in motion this week when a Rhinelander city committee approved the money to hire consultants to look at what needs to be done to clean up the long-time dry cleaning company property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn says there could be more than one environmental problem at the site...
No deer hunt in the city of Rhinelander this year. Last week a city committee recommended that the hunt not take place this year.
The deer find Rhinelander to be hospitable with plenty of cover, gardens and flowers to eat, and few predators. They also proved to be a traffic hazard with several car-deer accidents reported. The city council approved the first antlerless, in-city, bow-and-arrow hunt in 2006, and it has been held most years since then.
A committee of city leaders in Rhinelander has selected a company to outline an economic development initiative for downtown. The plan from Vierbicher Associates will also look into giving Brown Street a bit of a facelift, by conducting a streetscape study.
Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says doing a streetscape…is kind of like landscaping, for a downtown sidewalk.