Fredonia Avenue financing means end of no-increase budgets
It is hard to imagine there is anyone who lives in the Village of Fredonia who did not think the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue was long overdue.
Last week, the Fredonia Village Board placed an out-of-pocket value on that upgrade when trustees unanimously approved the 2016 budget.
The spending plan requires a tax levy of $824,885, an increase of 2.8% over last year’s levy of $802,388.
New construction added 1.17% to the village’s tax base.
The debt service component of the levy rose to $190,000, a 7.4% increase. Officials said that number includes an extra $13,077 for Fredonia Avenue financing.
Those numbers mean the village tax rate will increase 2.5%, to $4.84 per $1,000 of equalized value. According to the village, last year’s rate was $4.72 per $1,000.
Village officials had deliberately kept the tax rate stable over the past seven years, varying no more than 5 cents per $1,000 of valuation since 2008.
The capital budget includes two Apple iPads for the public works department, engineering fees for the proposed fire station expansion, a new ceiling in the village shop, new doors for the Stoney Creek Park bathroom, new lights for the Oak Park baseball diamond and some mower accessories.
There is also partial funding for a new police squad car, pickup truck and salter.
Although the future of the green space behind the post office remains in flux, the budget does include money for the return of the skating rink this winter.
“We don’t plan on putting in any of the improvements we talked about last year, like a warming house, because of the work that is planned to improve that site,” Public Works Director Roger Strohm said.
The budget was the first vote taken by Ryan Mueller, who was appointed earlier in the evening to serve out the unfinished term of Fritz Buchholtz, who resigned in August.
Mueller, the only applicant for the board vacancy, was sworn in immediately after the board confirmed his appointment.
The two-year term runs through spring 2017. Mueller was given the same committee assignments Buchholtz had
He lives at 711 Fredonia Ave., and manages the meat and seafood department at the Mequon Piggly Wiggly.
Mueller served on the Newburg Fire Department for 10 years.