The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am. All members were in attendance, along with the Clerk and Deputy Clerk.
Supervisor Peterson started by explaining that the purpose of the meeting is to prepare a preliminary proposal for setting the 2020 levy and budgets. He presented financial reports showing activity in 2018 and comparisons of previous years’ levy amounts and expenditures. He reported on some items that affected the 2018 financials and recounted planned projects for 2019 & 2020.
A discussion occurred regarding current fund balances, proper allocation of receipts & disbursements by fund, employee wages & benefits, tax capacity, and trends that could affect future budgets. Some adjustments of fund budgets are warranted due to final fire truck bond payment in 2019, the roof repair project, and changes in staffing, wages, fire fighter call rates, and relief association benefit level.
Based on these changes, a preliminary proposed budget was set as follows:
- General Fund (100) $165,000
- Road & Bridge (201) $220,000
- Road Construction (210) $255,000
- Fire Department (250) $170,000
- Parks (280) $5,000
- Recycling (290) $5,000
- Capital Projects (401) $190,000
- Transfer Station (603) $12,000
- Total $1,022,000
These amounts will be reviewed at future meetings and the total levy will be finalized and approved at the Township Annual Meeting on March 12, 2019.
There being no further business to conduct, the meeting adjourned at 10:15 p.m.
John Plein, Clerk-Treasurer
January 11, 2019