Village board approves 2016 budget
By Angie Landsverk
Village of Fremont taxpayers will see little difference in the amount of taxes they pay to support next year’s village budget.
When the village board met on Nov. 10, it unanimously approved a 2016 village expenditure budget of $642,995, which will be supported by a property tax levy of $286,407.
Village Trustee Jim Falke was absent.
The village’s property tax rate will be $4.12 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, compared to the current mill rate of $4.11, according to Village Clerk Dawn Krause.
The property tax bill village residents receive will also include the mill rates of Waupaca County, the Weyauwega-Fremont School District, Fox Valley Technical College and the state of Wisconsin.
The 2016 village budget compares to the current municipal budget of $540,697.52 and the village’s current property tax levy of $285,570.
During the budget hearing, Village President Dan Sambs explained why next year’s budget is about $100,000 higher than the current budget.
The 2016 budget includes a new boat ramp, which is estimated to cost about $85,000, and the village’s expectation to receive a $15,000 Police Task Force Grant.
“Otherwise, things are pretty much the same,” Sambs said.
Police Chief Gene Goode said the $15,000 grant would be used for traffic enforcement and possibly for $5,000 in equipment.
If the department does not receive the grant, it would not spend that amount of money, he said.
The village applied for and received notification of approval for a $42,500 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to go toward the cost of the boat ramp project.
In addition, Webfooters is committed to pay a total of $15,000 – $5,000 per year for the next three years – toward the project’s cost.
The remaining cost of the boat ramp will be covered by boat ramp fees, Sambs said.
He said it has been at least 10 years since there was any work done on the current boat ramp.
After last week’s budget hearing, the board held its regular monthly meeting.
During that meeting, the board voted to proceed with advertising for bids for the boat ramp project.
The board expects to select a contractor in early 2016.
Work on the project would begin on Sept. 12 – after the Webfooters’ season – with a completion date of Sept. 30, Village Trustee Rick Coenen said.
He said the contractor would have additional time past the Sept. 30 deadline to complete the project, if necessary.
The village’s 2016 budget also includes a 3 percent wage increase for the clerk and two maintenance employees.
Other rate increases for village employees are determined by the library board and police chief, Sambs said.
In addition to approving the village budget, the board also approved a 2016 sewer utility budget of $257,100.