After a long budget hearing Tuesday night, Dayton electors voted to cut $345,000 from the town’s proposed transportation budget for 2015.
The 2015 budget presented at the hearing included $1.285 million for transportation.
Of that amount, $970,000 was budgeted for construction projects that included three bridges located on West Road over Emmons Creek, West Road over Radley Creek and Dayton Road over Radley Creek, as well as a reconstruction project on West Road.
Klein said state and county funding would cover about 50 percent of the total costs.
Dave Armstrong introduced a motion to amend the transportation budget to $940,000.
Electors approved Armstrong’s motion by a vote of 65-32.
Electors also defeated a second resolution authorizing the town board “to purchase any land within the town for present or anticipated town purposes.”
Town Chairman Chris Klein told those at the meeting that the purchase was not about the Stratton Lake boat landing or the Little Hope dam. He said the town was reviewing an opportunity to purchase property that would allow public access to the Crystal River.
“Your motion is not specific, your motion is for carte blanche to buy anything,” Georgia Calvo said, asking that the resolution be more specific as to which property the town board was considering for purchase.
Klein did not indicate the name of the property owner. He said the cost for the property would be about $50,000 and he expected a Department of Natural Resources grant and donations to help cover the costs.
Although the resolution was amended to specify that the property must have Crystal River access, be located within the town of Dayton, and be purchased with funds from the DNR and donations, it failed by a vote of 34 in favor and 49 against.
The final resolution was to approve a $565,944 tax levy for 2015. It passed by a vote of 77-9.
The town of Dayton’s 2015 levy is slightly lower than the 2014 levy of $570,371.
Because the budget hearing and special meeting of electors was not adjourned until about 9:20 p.m., nearly all the agenda items for the town board meeting that followed were tabled.
The town board’s monthly meeting was rescheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.
For more in-depth coverage of Tuesday’s hearing, see next week’s Waupaca County Post.