Town OKs budget, road funds for 2021

Attorney fees double due to zoning ordinance updates and complaints
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Town of Belgium residents and the Town Board unanimously approved the 2021 levy and road expenditures on Monday.

The budget is $648,295, up slightly from this year’s $642,535. The increase is the maximum amount the state allows.

The levy is $464,000.

The tax rate is $1.61 per $1,000 of assessed home value. That means the owner of a $200,000 house would pay $322 in town taxes.

The town will pay $81,897 to the Belgium Fire Department for fire protection, up from this year’s $79,900.

The budget for attorney fees doubled from $5,000 to $10,000. Attorney fees as of Nov. 9 were $8,890.

Resident Don Feyereisen questioned the increase.

Some of the increase is due to zoning ordinance updates, officials said.

“We’re taking more complaints,” Supr. Bill Janeshek said.

“If they bring an attorney, we have to have one,” Town Chairman Tom Winker said of taking complaints.

“I think it’s only reasonable to assume that attorney fees will continue to go up because of the society that we’re in.”

The town attorney charges $199 per hour.

The road expenditures are $383,893, up $4,000 from this year.

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