EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The city of Eau Claire may be asking voters to increase their property taxes next year. City council members discussed a potential referendum at yesterday’s work session to go on this November’s ballot.

They say it would help pay for city needs. Like police, fire, public works and parks. State law limits how they can raise money without a referendum, which makes it hard to continue meeting the city’s rising costs. 

“What it comes down to is, you know, what will we have to stop and what services will we have to discontinue and what will we have to say not to. You know, each year, we’ve brought it as tight as we can, and we’ve come as far as we can.”

Though nothing is set in stone, Weld says the increase would likely need to raise around an additional one-and-a-half million dollars annually. He says council members will likely vote to put the question on November’s ballot at their July 12th meeting.