Fayette's 2012 budget 2012.01.04

Written by David Green.

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By DAVID GREEN

General fund spending in Fayette is projected to rise by three percent in 2012—an increase of $11,400—but that amount is still about $25,000 less than two years ago.

General fund appropriations approved by council at the Dec. 28 meeting call for general fund spending of $378,425. The budget for 2010 called for spending of $403,000.

More than half of the general fund is used to support the police department, where spending will increase by just one percent this year.

The total police budget is pegged at $204,901.

The next biggest chunk of the budget goes to the village fiscal officer, with expenditures of $66,366. That shows a two percent decrease from last year.

Administrative costs come in at $38,395, an increase of one percent. The fund covers a variety of expenses, including village office utilities, legal services ($10,000), office supplies and income tax refunds.

In the past, the village administrator’s salary and benefits were part of the fund, but starting last year most of the money came out of the streets, water and sewer funds instead of the general fund.

Other general fund expenditures include street lighting ($16,000), personnel costs for street maintenance ($12,373), tree trimming ($10,000), the state examiner’s fee ($12,000) and other miscellaneous costs.

Outside the general fund, street maintenance expenditures will increase by $24,300 to $61,840 due to the purchase of a brush chipper and a box for the dump truck.

The parks and recreation fund will increase by two percent ($1,073) to $53,550. Increases are primarily for summer ball equipment.

The village water fund shows a slight decrease and is expected to nearly break even. Sewer fund expenses are pegged to fall 19 percent ($10,516) and finish in the black by $221.

The sewer enhancement fund falls by 41 percent due to a decrease in engineering costs.

Total appropriations for the year stand at $998,078—a decrease of $11,921 from last year. Expected revenue is only $974,296, but $25,720 will be carried over from the previous year.

If the village is able to hold to projected spending, this would leave a positive balance of $1,938 at the end of the year.

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  • Face Paint
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