Fayette budget.2 2012.02.08

Written by David Green.

After the Observer published a graph last month showing Fayette’s general fund  spending plan for 2012, chief police Jason Simon said he heard comments about how the article presented the information.

Simon called the budget graph a “gross misrepresentation” of law enforcement costs as they relate to the entire village budget. He doesn’t dispute the representation of the general fund, but said the much of the news story was about the entire budget.

General fund spending is typically highlighted in budget presentations because it shows where tax revenue is spent. Law enforcement accounts for 54 percent of general fund spending in Fayette, but the general fund is only 38 percent of total spending.

Of the village’s $998,078 total spending plan, $378,425 is budgeted for the general fund, which is the biggest chunk of budget pie.

The water fund, bolstered by water fees, accounts for 23.8 percent ($236,000) and the sewer fund, also using revenue from user fees, accounts for 14.3 percent or $85,000.

Nine percent of total spending goes for street maintenance ($89,500) and nearly as much covers debt payments for public works projects.

Parks and recreation spending is funded through a levy and takes up 5.4 percent ($53,500).

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