The 2020 Village Budget was adopted by the Village Board of Trustees on November 14, 2019 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 2019 the overall 2020 budget shows an overall increase of 28.8%,  primarily due to the Lake Meadow Drive road resurfacing project planned for 2020. Following are highlights from the proposed 2020 Budget:

General Fund
  • $2,766, a 0.2% increase, to the Village portion of the property tax levy, which is the allowable amount under state law based on net new construction in the Village in 2018.
  • $4,830, a 15% increase in General Transportation Aid from the State.
  • 0% change to State Shared Revenue and State Recycling Grants.
  • $1,500, a 42% increase to Wind Point Lighthouse revenues due to increases in tours and fundraising.
  • 0% change to fees for contracted fire/EMS, assessments, household hazardous waste collection and public health.
  • $1,281 increase for contracted animal control service fees with the Wisconsin Humane Society-Racine Campus.
  • $2,011, a 6.5% increase, to Johns Disposal for recycling collection services.
  • 0% base increase budgeted for staff wages; actual individual wage rates to be set by resolution of the Village Board.
  • $2,380, a 4% increase, to health insurance.
  • $1,362, a 7% increase, to the Village’s contribution to the Wisconsin Retirement System.
  • $10,000 for upgrades to the Village Hall Restrooms and Lighthouse Garage.
  • $5,151 for a new roof for the Public Works Salt Shed.
  • $2,310 for new police tasers.
Capital Improvement Plan
  • $450,000 for the resurfacing of Lake Meadow Drive.
  • $121,900 in capital improvements at the Wind Point Lighthouse, including entrance sign replacement, pathway improvements, landscaping and historical signage. The project was originally budgeted in 2019, but moved to 2020.
  • $9,800 for new digital police hand held and car radios.
  • $58,537 for a new skid steer loader and $24,786 for a new compact excavator to replace the existing Public Works backhoe.

Proprietary Fund (Water & Stormwater)

  • 0% increase to water consumption rates; 10.0% increase, $4,678, to stormwater utility fees.
  • $25,000 for the final phase of a water utility dead-end valve replacement program.
  • $6,000 for new Beacon water meter reading software.
  • $16,000 for drainage improvement work on Lake Meadow Drive at Pinewood Court and Sprucewood Court.

To view the 2020 Budget please click here. 

GFOA Distinguished Budget Award
For the fourth consecutive year, the Village received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2019 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 2020 budget, while also incorporating additional recommendations from the GFOA.