On November 10, 2016, the Village Board held a public hearing on the 2017 Village Budget and then adopted the budget by unanimous vote. The 2017 budget was prepared by staff with direction from the Personnel, Finance and Insurance Committee over the course of two budget workshops held on September 2 and September 30. A draft budget was reviewed by the Village Board at the regular meeting on October 13. To view the full budget document, click here.
The budget reflects the Village’s ongoing mission to provide high-quality municipal services at the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Following are highlights from the adopted 2017 budget:
- An increase of 0.7%, or $7,214, to the total Village tax levy.
- No change to fees for contracted fire/EMS, garbage/recycling collection, household hazardous waste collection and public health.
- $385,145 budgeted for renovations at Village Green Park, including playground equipment, perimeter path, open-air shelter and landscaping.
- $122,691 for green infrastructure improvements at Wind Point Lighthouse Beach funded by EPA grant.
- $100,400 for replacement of large plow truck (Ford F-750) with plow, box and spreader equipment.
- No road construction projects planned for 2017; $88,798 budgeted for road maintenance work.
- $9,475 for Imagecast voting machine as part of County-wide effort to update voting equipment.
- 3.0% increase budgeted to staff wages.
- $3,550 total increase to elected officials’ wages approved in 2015 and taking effect with new terms.
- $30,000 increase in fines and forfeiture income and $2,500 increase to tax intercept program income for unpaid citations.
- 3.0% increase to water utility rates.
GFOA Distinguished Budget Award
The Village was a first-time recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2016 budget document. In order to receive the award, the Village had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as: 1) a policy document, 2) a financial plan, 3) an operations guide and 4) a communications device. Village staff aimed to meet these guidelines again with the 2017 budget, while also incorporating additional recommendations from the GFOA. In particular, staff has established performance measures for various functional areas of Village operations that relate to the Village’s services. The performance measures are displayed within the functional unit narrative sections of the budget document.