Village OKs 2023 budget

Aggregate tax rate of $6.76 is the same as in 2022


Ozaukee Press staff

The Belgium Village Board unanimously approved a 2023 tax levy of $813,668 with a tax rate of $5.33 per $1,000 assessed value this month.

That means the owner of a $250,000 home pays $1,332.50 in village taxes.

The aggregate tax rate, which includes Ozaukee County, the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District and Lakeshore Technical College for village residents is the same rate as last year — $6.76.

The $813,668 levy doesn’t including $15,000 of hotel room tax, which brings the total to $828,668.

Revenues are up 1.62% while taxes are up by 3% — the levy is up 2.4% and room tax is up 1.5%.

Revenues total $1.817 million and expenditures are $1.821 million. The village is allocating $4,500 of its restricted room tax fund balance to account for the difference, which makes for an $816 surplus in the village’s unrestricted fund balance.

Extra money for trustees to attend committee meetings regarding the emergency medical services merger between the Belgium, Fredonia and Waubeka fire departments weren’t budgeted. The money will be applied to safety expenditures, Treasurer Vickie Boehnlein said.

“It is likely we will be over budget in that area next year. I would not expect it to be a significant impact as we generally are over budget for meetings overall — some committees may go over budget but others come in under budget,” she said.

The public works capital outlay budget is down from $2.9 million to less than $130,000 since a major roadwork project was completed this year. Smaller road projects, such as $49,000 for work on Heritage and South Heritage streets, are slated for next year, Boehnlein said.

The village’s transportation aid is $146,000. Boehnlein was estimating around $150,000.

The leisure activities budget is up from $36,300 to $78,500. Planned projects include installing cameras for $18,500 at the village’s new pavilion and $60,000 to blacktop the tennis courts. That work was budgeted at $30,000 for this year but the cost doubled and the project didn’t get done, Boehnlein said.

The board approved the water and sewer budgets, tax incremental finance district budget, debt service, special revenue fund budgets and the capital improvement fund.

A $144,000 boom truck was added to the capital budget as recommended by the Committee of the Whole due to changes in state inspection standards. The village’s 22-year-old truck won’t pass, Director of Pubic Works Dan Birenbaum said last month, and Committee Chairman Pete Anzia said repairs cost more than what the vehicle is worth.

Village employees are to receive raises. Hourly employees receive a $1 per-hour more, salaried receive $5,000 and the village marshal receives $250.



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