The 2019 Village Budget was adopted by the Village Board of Trustees on November 8, 2018 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.
  • 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.

To view the full budget, click here. Please note the final budget document with narrative sections which will be published by January 2019.

GFOA Distinguished Budget Award
For the third consecutive year, the Village received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2018 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 2019 budget, while also incorporating additional recommendations from the GFOA.