The 2019 Village Budget will be considered for adoption at the Village Board meeting on November 8 after a public hearing. The budget is the result of a three-month process that involved several public meetings with the Village Board and standing committees. The resulting budget reflects the Village’s ongoing mission to provide high-quality municipal services in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Compared to 2018, the overall 2019 Budget shows an overall decrease of 10.9% ($195,839), primarily due to no major road resurfacing projects planned for 2019. Following are highlights from the proposed 2019 Budget:

Revenues:

  • 0.3% increase, $3,553, to the Village-portion of the property tax levy, which is the allowable amount under state law based on net new construction in 2017.
  • 10.0% decrease, -$3,578, in General Transportation Aid from the State.
  • 0.0% change to Shared Revenue and Recycling Grants from the State.
  • 0.0% increase to water consumption rates; 3.0% increase, $1,363, to stormwater utility fees.
  • 17.2% increase, $3,650, to Wind Point Lighthouse revenues due to tours and fundraising.
Expenses:
  • Reduction of $51,500 in Public Fire Protection fees due to shifting this expense from the Village General Fund to the quarterly water bills.
  • 0.0% change to fees for contracted fire/EMS, assessments, household hazardous waste collection and public health.
  • 1.7% increase to Johns Disposal for garbage/recycling collection services.
  • 3.0% base increase budgeted for staff wages; actual individual wage rates to be set by resolution of the Village Board.
  • 3.0% increase budgeted for property and liability insurance; 25.0% increase budgeted for worker’s compensation insurance.
  • 3.9% decrease to lighthouse operating expenses, partly due to energy efficiency improvements made in 2018.
  • $13,900 budgeted to upgrade municipal court software.
  • $7,500 budgeted for a Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Study.
  • $13,000 for Village Office window replacements.
  • $141,500 in capital improvements at the Wind Point Lighthouse, including entrance sign replacement, pathway improvements, landscaping and historical signage (to be partially funded by grants).
  • $42,000 to resurface two small sections of Four Mile Rd.
  • $37,258 to replace the police squad vehicle and $10,000 to replace the squad video system and laptop.
  • 3.0% increase in wholesale water cost from Caledonia Utility District.
  • $25,000 for the second phase (of three) of a water utility dead-end valve replacement program.
  • $10,000 to rehabilitate an outfall pipe located near Lake Pointe Circle.
The public hearing for the budget will be held at the beginning of the meeting on November 8 and the budget will be considered for adoption that evening. To view the proposed budget,  click here . Please note the proposed budget does not include the narrative sections which will be added when the budget document is finalized.