Reduced state revenues lead to budget, tax rate decline in Adell

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ADELL—The village board approved its 2016 budget on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The budget’s public hearing was brief, as no one commented or asked questions.

The total bottom-line number (for both revenues and expenses) is $381,075, which is a 1.58 per cent decrease from 2015’s $387,189.

Property taxes for 2016 will be $236,070, which is .45 per cent lower than last year’s $237,140.

Village President Andrew Schmitt said the budget’s decrease is the result of decreased revenues from the state.

Discussions are underway between the board and the village’s attorney regarding a business that has not acted upon written requests from the village to conform to ordinances on long-term storage of vehicles on a property.

Director of Public Works Jeff Kreutzinger reported that one of the village trucks needs repairs. He sought out and received estimates from several shops. The board approved having the repairs done.

Kreutzinger said he’d been in contact with a civil engineering firm, with the goal of having the village sewage system inspected. The contact person Kreutzinger has been in touch with was let go by that company. Schmitt recommended that Kreutzinger meet with reps from the firm. Schmitt said the village’s records can be transferred if it is decided to use someone else for the task.

Shawn Bigelow of Public Works reported on repairs done at the Onion River Wastewater plant.

The board unanimously approved:

• Rejecting one resident’s request for a water relief credit. The village’s guideline is to limit such requests to one within any 12-month period. This resident had already been granted a credit less than 12 months ago.

• Granting another resident’s request for a water relief credit.

• Acceptance of the Adell Fire Department’s budget for 2016. Chief Jeremy Lawrenz submitted it to the board, and Schmitt commented that it looked pretty much like the previous year’s.

• The Joint Powers Agreement for 2016, for emergency services supplied by Sheboygan County.

The next meeting will be Wed., Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

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