Percentages can be a public relations problem, especially when 91% is the increase in the tax levy...that's the amount of money a municipality raises from the property tax.
That's the hike in the Town of Alexandria where the levy is climbing to $430,000 in order to balance the Town's $3.3 million overall budget.
I don't know the dynamics of town government in the Bay but it's a phenomenon more understandable when you consider that the property tax is the only variable the town controls although it's only a small portion of total revenue.
Therefore spending a little more on the $3.3M results in a huge percentage hike in the levy if all other revenue sources are flat.
The reverse has been largely true of late in most local governments where rising sales tax revenue has resulted in stable property taxes in a time when rising pension costs should be causing either staffing cuts or tax increases.
The other factor in the Bay is the rate levied to collect $430K is so low, the percentage doesn't tell the whole story and it's doubtful the hike will garner much attention.
Watertown Daily Times | Alexandria’s tax levy going up by 91%