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Town Of Peshtigo Okays 2019 Budget

Issue Date: October 11, 2018

The Town of Peshtigo Board held a Special Meeting/Budget Workshop on Monday, Oct. 8 for the main purpose of amending the 2018 budget shortfalls and to adjust the 2019 proposed budget.

Vilas Schroeder, Town Treasurer presented to the board a projected shortfall for the year of $17,821.50. Schroeder commented that there is $292,000 in roads and suggested to move money from road maintenance to cover this years excess expenses.

After brief discussion, the Board of Supervisors agreed to move the money from the roads fund to address the budget shortfall.

After the 2018 budget was corrected, the Board then tackled the 2019 budget. With a shortage of $14,457.83, Schroeder suggested to go line by line through the expenses and figure out what can be shaved to balance the budget.

By working thru the budget line by line they were able to arrive at a proposed budget by shaving the largest amount of $20,000 from snow and ice removal from $150,000 projected down to $130,000. Amongst other proposed budget cuts were: Building inspections from $14,000 down to $13,000, Machinery and Equipment from $15,000 down to $10,000, Ditching and Brushing from $25,000 down to $20,000 and Insurance Property and Liability from $11,000 down to $6,000 along with other minor adjustments of decreases and increases in various other proposed budget categories they arrived at a balanced budget.

Knowing that the current years expenditure is at $138,714.36, up from the last two years, it was necessary to shave and readjust the funds appropriately.

Road maintenance remained unchanged, budgeted at $300,000. The Fire Department budget had an increase in capital outlay of $10,000, increasing from $40,000 to $50,000 to account for the purchase of an ATV and for future replacement of a fire truck projected for purchase in 2025.

Town Supervisor, Mark Monnette said, "We need to be planning ahead and be prepared to purchase new fire equipment". Schroeder added that by the end of the year, there will be approximately $184,000 in the capital fund set aside to purchase a new fire truck.

The total proposed 2019 budget came in at $953,391.17, which includes a $10,000 contingency for any possible unexpected expenses. The board then unanimously approved the amended proposed budget as presented.

A Public Hearing on the budget will be held prior to the monthly board meeting of Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Other discussions that may have an impact on the budget included, replacement of computers at Town Hall. Currently the operating system is Windows Seven which will not be supported any longer in the near future, forcing them to go with Windows 10.

Comments were also made of repairs needed to a dip on Dahl Road that about a half mile stretch will need to be repaired. There are also some crack sealing projects with an estimated minimum of $50,000.

Town Chairperson, Denise Wiedemeier commented, "I'm a big supporter of crack sealing for routine maintenance".

Town Clerk, Clarence Coble commented, With reconfiguration of the new highway now, the street light on County Y and Townline Road may not be responsibility of the Town anymore. It possibly falls under the County, which would save the Town approximately $200. He will verify who's responsibility it falls under and report back at the next meeting.

The monthly Town Board Meeting for October will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16.


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