Proposed village budget has slight hike in spending

Finance Committee pares several projects to limit increase in 2019 package
Ozaukee Press Staff

After trimming some projects from its capital budget, the Village of Fredonia Finance Committee sent a proposed budget to the Village Board that would spend about $10,000 more in 2019 than in 2018.

The budget will be presented when the board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

Revenues would also increase about the same amount, requiring the village to make up a shortfall of $150,821 from surplus funds, about $1,000 less than was necessary in the 2018 budget.

General fund spending would total about $1.13 million in 2019, while revenues would total $982,667.

To get there, the Finance Committee proposed removing some capital spending requests. Among those were a $165,000 to reconstruct Edmaro Street, plus $85,000 to install a new water main there, $150,000 for a street sweeper and $60,000 for a leaf  vacuum.

A wish list of items from the Fire Department was cut from the proposed capital budget. Those cuts included $67,000 for a grass rig truck, $5,000 for a pressure washer, $7,000 for a new thermal camera and $5,000 for a power winch for the fire station.

Left in the budget were Fire Department requests for $16,000 for an ambulance power loader and $30,000 for an electric extraction tool.

Capital expenditures at village parks included $62,542 for play equipment,  reduced from $100,000, $20,000 for a disc golf course, reduced from $30,000, and $5,000 for a soccer field bathroom, eliminating a baseball field bathroom that would cost another $5,000. 

Village debt service would essentially remain constant at $258,043. Reducing debt would require a reduction in the tax levy to comply with state levy limits, Village Clerk Sandi Tretow pointed out to the committee.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled to be held on Nov. 1 before the final budget is approved by the Village Board.



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