The 2022 Village Budget will be considered for full adoption at the Village Board meeting on Thursday, November 11. The meeting will commence with a public hearing on the budget at 6:00 p.m. Anyone who is present at the meeting and wishes to speak on the budget will be heard. For the past two months, Village staff and the Village Board’s standing committees have been reviewing year to date budget figures along with requests and proposal for the 2022 budget.  The 2022 Budget can be viewed here.

Below is a summary of the 2022 Budget:

General Fund- Revenue 

  • Total proposed revenues for the Village are: $1,538,433
  • 18% increase, $2,008, to the Village-portion of the property tax levy, as allowed by the State.
  • 9% increase, $6,239, in General Transportation Aid from the State.
  • New grant funding from the State for the police department’s Click it or Ticket Seat Belt enforcement.
  • 0% change to Shared Revenue, Recycling Grants and Cable Franchise Aid from the State.
  • An 11% increase in fine and forfeiture revenue
  • A 9.6% increase to Wind Point Lighthouse revenues for tower climbs and rentals.

General Fund- Expenditures

  • Total proposed expenses for the Village are: $1,458,613
  • 9% increase in General Government expenditures due to additional spending on Elections in 2022.
  • 7% change to fees for contracted fire and EMS service as the Village enters a new five-year contract with the Village of Caledonia. The Village requested proposals from the Village of Caledonia and the City of Racine for the service.  Caledonia’s proposal was the lowest for the five-year proposed contract period.
  • A 33.7% decrease in auditor service costs as the Village will be switching to a new three-year contract with Hawkins & Ash, CPAs. The Village solicited proposals from firms with Hawkins and Ash being a qualified bidder at the lowest cost.
  • A 32.1 % increase in the contracted service for property assessments. The Village will enter into a new contract with our current assessor, Associated Appraisal for the assessment years 2022 through 2026.  The Village solicited proposals from firms, with Associated Appraisal being a qualified bidder at the lowest cost.
  • A 3.7% increase to the Public Works budget which is due to road line striping on Four Mile Road, Lighthouse Drive and Three Mile Road. This work is completed in even years.
  • A 73% reduction in the Health and Human Services budget as the Village will no longer be contract with the City of Racine Health Department for public health services. The new Racine County Division of Health will assume the role of county wide public health service starting January 2022.
  • No changes in the per unit costs for John’s Disposal’s garbage, bulk-item, recycling, and yard-waste collections.
  • 0% base increase budgeted for staff wages; actual individual wage rates to be set by resolution of the Village Board
  • 3.1% reduction in payroll expenses due to lower worker’s compensation insurance premiums.
  • $1,000 budgeted to for the replacement of the police department body camera.
Capital Improvement Plan
  • $5,386 budgeted for new computer workstations.
  • $6,000 for a salt brine sprayer attachment for the Public Works department. The sprayer will be used to apply brine to pre-treat main roads on the Village.  This will help reduce the Village’s salt usage and when the Village does need to salt will allow for the salt to be more effective at lower temperatures.
  • $2,600 for new directional sings indicating the Lighthouse Grounds entrance.
  • $4,000 for plantings at the Lighthouse Grounds, which are the final items related to the Lighthouse Grounds Beautification Project

Proprietary Fund (Water & Stormwater)

  • 0.3% increase to water revenues and expenditures.
  • No proposed changes to stormwater revenues.  A 6.3 % increase is planned for expenditures.
  • $25,000 in Utility Capital expenditures for the blow off value replacement program in Wind Meadows.
If you have questions regarding the proposed budget, please contact Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Casey Griffiths at c.griffiths@windpoint.org, or call 262-639-3524.