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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette council OKs budget 2013.01.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette's proposed spending plan for 2013 shows a 16 percent increase in overall appropriations and a 10.7 percent growth in general fund spending.

The general fund is projected to grow by $40,526 to $418,951, taking it back over the $400,000 mark for the first time since 2010. The purchase of a new backhoe and paying off the loan for a police department vehicle will help push spending upward, said village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver.

More than half of general fund spending goes to support the police department which shows an increase of $17,609 from last year. Chief Jason Simon would like to return the squad to three full-time officers in 2013. In addition, Zuver said, there were salary increases and some equipment replacement.

Other general fund spending includes an increase of $7,000 for street lighting to $23,000; an increase of $29,000 in street maintenance and repair to $41,403; an increase of $7,000 in general village office expenses to $45,667; and a $5,000 decrease in the village fiscal officer fund to $61,445.

Outside the general fund, street maintenance and repair shows a 9.5 percent increase of about $6,000 to $67,749; an $8,000 increase in state highway spending to $10,700; a $2,000 decrease in park spending to $51,500; and an increase of $25,948 on local motor vehicle taxes to $31,431.

Spending from the sewer enhancement fund is pegged to fall by $13,752 to $43,553, and spending from the utility improvement fund will increase by $15,000 to $26,000.

Total appropriations come out to $1,162,384 for an increase of $164,306 from a year ago.

Making it all work out becomes an annual juggling act for Zuver as she moves wages and benefits between funds for the best outcome.

For example, the maintenance coordinator now has more of his pay coming from the state motor vehicle license tax fund and less from streets. The village administrator’s salary and benefits come entirely from the water and sewer funds even though he has duties that spill into other areas of village government.

Council is expected to approve the 2013 appropriations at its Jan. 23 meeting.

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