The 2018 Village Budget will be considered for adoption at the meeting on November 9, 2017 after a public hearing. The budget is the result of numerous committee meetings and hard work by staff over the past three months. The resulting budget reflects the Village’s ongoing mission to provide high-quality municipal services in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The 2018 Budget does not include a property tax increase (for the Village-portion of property tax bills).
Following are highlights from the proposed 2018 budget:
  • 0.0% increase to the total Village tax levy and water utility rates.
  • 10.0% decrease in General Transportation Aid from the State.
  • $19,709 in Local Road Improvement Program revenue from the State for road resurfacing.
  • 0.0% change to fees for contracted fire/EMS, auditor, assessments, household hazardous waste collection and public health.
  • 1.4% increase to Johns Disposal in accordance with the Village’s contract.
  • 2.5% base increase budgeted for staff wages; actual individual wage rates to be set by resolution of the Village Board.
  • $246,073 for road resurfacing on Campus Dr. (between Main St. and Deepwood Dr.) and Wind Point Rd. (between Park Pl. and end of the public section).
  • $30,000 for road maintenance and striping on Four Mile Rd., Lighthouse Dr., Three Mile Rd. and Lake Meadow Dr.
  • 183 additional police officer hours for an added hour of daily police coverage during the months of September-May.
  • $9,000 for exterior rehab of the Case 521 loader.
  • $25,000 to replace the water utility van that was purchased in 1999.
  • $13,000 to replace the park riding lawn mower that was purchased in 1999.
  • $10,000 for grounds improvement planning at lighthouse and $65,000 for initial plan implementation.
  • $25,000 for the first phase (of three) of a water utility dead-end valve replacement program.
The public hearing for the budget will be held at the beginning of the meeting on November 9 and the budget will be considered for adoption that evening. To view the proposed budget,  click here.

GFOA Distinguished Budget Award
For the second consecutive year, the Village received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2017 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 2018 budget, while also incorporating additional recommendations from the GFOA.