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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