2012 spending plan would yield a 12.6% reduction in local taxes
Town of Belgium residents will get a chance to voice their opinions of the town budget and set the tax levy on Monday, Dec. 5.
The hearing on the proposed $580,665 budget that calls for a tax levy of $434,000, a 12.6% decrease from last year, will be at 7 p.m. in the town hall.
Although the levy is almost $63,000 less than last year, town resident Jeff Coeur told the board last month that was not enough in light of the 48% increase last year. The town raised its levy to pay $150,000 for a new fire truck for the Belgium Fire Department.
However, town officials said the need to maintain roads combined with a decrease in state grants and shared revenues and loss of $28,500 in county road paving aid makes this a lean budget.
The town received a $12,800 TRIPP grant for tourism this year that it will not receive next year. State shared revenue will be $19,300, which is $6,600 less than last year. In addition, its recycling grant will be $600 less as will payments from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The townâ€™s recycling grant will be $600 less than this year.
The townâ€™s biggest expense â€” $367,000 â€” is for roads, a $50,550 increase over last yearâ€™s budget. The board has budgeted $182,000 for paving, which is 20% more than last year, and $25,000 for drainage and culverts, which is a 66% increase.
Expecting a snowy winter, the board increased its snow removal budget from $40,000 to $50,000. Last year, it spent $52,000.
The town also plans to spend $18,900 for blue fire number signs that are visible at night. The signs were requested by the fire department and the Ozaukee County Sheriffâ€™s Department and are similar to those installed in other townships.