continued Appropriations across the three main funds are increasing $184,000, or 1.6 percent, to a total of $11.8 million. The remainder of the budget is in special districts, which include lighting, parks, drainage, sewer, water and fire.
General fund spending would increase $32,000, or 0.9 percent, to a total of almost $3.6 million. The highway fund would decrease nearly $17,500, or 0.5 percent. The town’s outside village fund is slated for the largest spending increase at 3.7 percent, or almost $170,000.
The spending plan does not include any money for salary increases for the town’s three bargaining units — CSEA, police and highway — whose contracts are expiring at the end of this year. Koetzle said the town cannot afford to give raises.
“Increased compensation to settle union contracts is certainly going to be a challenge,” Koetzle said. “We got the pressures of a tight budget … and it is going to be difficult.”
He was confident, though, that employees and the town could work together to find solutions to its fiscal challenges. Koetzle said some of the challenges facing the town are an aging infrastructure, continuing the pace of economic development and purchasing new equipment.
Increasing funding for paving was a priority for Koetzle. The highway fund budget line for paving would increase $38,000 to total $148,000.
Koetzle said over the last two years the town has been “aggressive” in paving because “more and more roads are falling into disrepair.” He said if the town does not continue to invest, it would have to bond for repairs.
“I don’t want to see more debt,” he said. “These smaller investments today will lead to a better financial position tomorrow.”
Another priority was to continue providing $35,000 to the town’s Revitalization and Economic Development Investment (REDI) fund, which is generally set aside to help small businesses.