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Trustees to act on budget Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Jaeger   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:14

The only thing missing when the Fredonia Village Board hosted a public hearing on the proposed 2017 budget last Thursday was the public.

No residents attended the hearing, held at the Fredonia Government Center.

Trustees put off formal action on the spending plan until their Thursday, Nov. 17 meeting.

For the record, the budget would hold the general fund tax levy at $493,843 — the same as last year.

Debt service would also remain unchanged, at $190,000, and capital projects would hold at $141,042.

Among the anticipated capital projects is the purchase of Apple iPads for trustees and the village president, in an attempt to reduce paper and mailing costs.

Also included in the budget: a new police squad car; partial payment for recodification of village ordinances; paving work on Partridge Lane, Pheasant Lane and Fox Glen Road; and a variety of park improvements at Stony Creek Park, the Marie Kraus Disc Golf Course and the Post Office green space.

Total expenditures are expected to increase 2.39%, to $1,083,045 — up from last year but well below the $1.4 million spent in 2015.

Village President Don Dohrwardt said the budget included no surprises, a result of having to operate within levy limits imposed by the state.

The proposed budget calls for a total levy of $824,885, a zero-increase spending plan.

“Our hands are pretty much tied as far as how much we can increase the budget,” Dohrwardt said.

If the budget remains unchanged, the village tax rate would be $5.22 per $1,000 of assessed valuation — a 0.57% decrease from 2015.

It would represent the first time the tax rate has dropped in the village since 2013.

In the only comment made on the proposed budget, Trustee John Long noted no money had been allocated for the future purchase of two trucks needed by the Fredonia Fire Department.

In another money-related matter, trustees continued to debate what the proper rate increase should be for sewer services.

Dohrwardt has said he reluctantly supports raising the sewer rate by 12% in an attempt to cover the utility’s operational deficit.

The budget included a tentative sewer rate hike of 4%, which would go into effect next June.

Dohrwardt said meeting that deficit will be crucial prior to the village having to start paying for anticipated improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.

Officials have said those improvements could cost $3.5 million.

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