SUMMIT - The Village Board
approved a proposed 2014 budget of $1,492,162 on Tuesday, which will
increase the tax levy by 1.66%. An additional levy of $344,421 for the
Dousman Fire District was also approved.
Henry Elling said there was no way yet of predicting how the increase
would affect property taxes, because this was a property revaluation
year. Property assessments increased and decreased for different
properties, so everyone will be affected differently. Last yearís taxes
were $1.65 per $1,000 assessed value, or approximately $412 for a
typical $250,000 house.
A sticking point for
some board members was the proposed $185,000 allocated to recreation
expenditures, which would go toward funding concession stands and
restrooms at the villageís park. They noted that the surveys sent to
taxpayers indicated that taxpayers rank the park on the low end of
Village President Jack
Riley expressed concern about the timing of the park project when there
were possibly more pressing issues, such as the Police Departmentís
requests for updated equipment and facility repairs.
The board will have
time to alter that portion of the budget in coming months if it chooses
to do so, and thus it adopted the proposed budget as is.
Also on Tuesday, the
board worked through contract negotiations with the newly appointed
police chief, Michael Hartert. The contract will allow him to continue
part-time as the police chief of Big Bend through the end of the year.
He will then become the full-time Summit chief on January 1, 2014.