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Landlord licencing, Tax Incremental Financing dollars, Boys & Girls Club money, Wausau Club all could have Council decisions Tuesday


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Big decisions are expected Tuesday evening by Wausau’s City Council. One of them centers around a proposed property donation made just over two weeks ago. 

Council members were given the opportunity to receive the former Wausau Club property as a donation. The question is if the property is an opportunity or a liability. Owners Tom and Connie Schuette have invested 2.5 million dollars into the building, and it still needs a lot of work. During discussions November 12th, council members were split over taking on this piece of property for development or resale versus leaving it because it would be a money pit and a bad deal for taxpayers. 

Also on the agenda, the question of whether or not to fund $650,000 to CAG Industrial from Tax Incremental Funding dollars for site improvements and equipment, and two controversial proposals: Funding for the Boys and Girls Club and the Landlord Licensing Ordinance.

The Landlord Licensing Ordinance is intended to cut down on blighted properties by requiring landlords to pay annual fees to the city and the city would inspect properties every three years. There are about 68 hundred rental units in Wausau, which are a mixture of single family homes, duplexes, and apartment buildings. The proposed ordinance would also require landlords to take better care of their properties. City officials believe this will also cut down on crime, including drug problems. Last month, nearly twenty-five people addressed the council. Only one of them liked the idea.

The proposed fees from the licensing ordinance would bring in at the very least $102,000 based on every unit being an apartment in a building with three or more units. Fees would likely be much higher than that, since single family homes and each side of a duplex would pay $30.00 every year, and not the $30.00 per building plus $15.00 per unit on multi-family structures.

The licensing issue will be discussed at a Committee of the Whole meeting at 5:30 p.m.  All of the topics are on the regular City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m.