Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:58
Cost of Jay Road work cited as cause for $77,000 increase in 2014 tax levy
Town of Fredonia officials had little trouble explaining why local taxes will take a $77,000 jump next year during last weekâ€™s 2014 budget hearing.
The jump is related to the cost of financing the Jay Road reconstruction. The cost of the recently completed road project is $452,000, with the town to receive $140,000 in reimbursed state road aids once the bills are paid.
â€śWe didnâ€™t have $400,000 sitting around, so we had to borrow the money on a five-year loan to pay for the work,â€ť Supr. Jim Stemper told about two dozen residents who attended the hearing.
â€śI think we are taking as good care of our roads as any other town around.â€ť
The new budget calls for a tax levy of $470,759, up from the 2013 budget of $397,000. Total spending will increase from $580,000 to $734,000.
The tax rate will increase 18%.
Electors unanimously approved the tax levy, and three discretionary resolutions supporting outside donations of town funds.
Residents backed the recurring $7,500 donation to the National Flag Day Foundation, $600 to the Fredonia Little League and $500 to Ozaukee Economic Development.
When asked by someone in the audience whether the Flag Day Foundation donation was based on need, Town Chairman Richard Mueller defended the ongoing support.
â€śI believe this is good use of town funds. It supports an event that draws national attention,â€ť Mueller said.
Scout Leader Jeff Lallensack said the Foundation maintains and operates the Americanism Center much like a community center.
â€śIt is probably used as much as any facility in the community,â€ť Lallensack said, noting that Scouts, 4-H, veterans and senior citizens meet in the Waubeka building that was once a school.