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Proposed Village budget reflective of actual spending

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Village’s 2012-13 operating and maintenance budget is not significantly different from last year, although the “cushion” for expenditures has been either eliminated or decreased.

“Many expense line items have been trimmed down in the proposed 2012-13 budget to reflect dollars actually spent,” said Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. “We’ve demonstrated a track record over the past several years of budgeting considerably more than we spend, and this year I’d like the budget figures to be more reflective of the reality.” The document was prepared as a collaborative effort with Public Works Director Larry Coloni, Head Librarian Rachel Miller and Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart. A 33-page narrative is included with details of expenditures in each category.

Kimmons said staff continues to be prudent by consistently spending under the amount budgeted. Last year’s approach to spending was conservative, she said, and this year’s operating and maintenance budget is even more realistic with its fine tuning to “…cut down further than we did last year where possible.”

Trustees will move forward with a capital planning session at its March 5 meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. Continued maintenance of the Village and its “needs not wants” will be emphasized, according to Kimmons. She anticipates a possible discussion of the County Highway 20 improvements project as it applies to a portion of construction that most affects the Village.

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