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Proposed budget for village of Clinton

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Gazette Staff
October 30, 2007

A look at the 2007-08 proposed budget for the village of Clinton


Highlights:


-- The village is cutting the position of director of senior citizen programming for a savings of $12,232. Village Clerk Philip Rath is proposing to put $5,130 of that into senior programming. That will keep the village from duplicating services provided by Rock County.


Historically, the village paid very little directly into senior programming, Rath said.


“This was not an easy decision to make,” Rath said. “We are hoping to see that if this program wants to succeed, they (participants) are taking ownership of it.”


An advisory board will run the program, Rath said.


Nutrition and transportation services will not be affected; they are provided by the county.


-- The General Fund is $40,048 less than last year. Overall spending hasn’t changed, but Rath moved some insurance costs out of the fund and into other departments.


-- The village is getting ready for property value reassessment. The changes will affect the 2009 budget, Rath said, likely by lowering the mill rate. The cost for the assessment is $29,800.


What’s next?:


The board will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Clinton Village Hall, 301 Cross St., Clinton. The budget in detail is available to the public in the clerk’s office from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the village’s new Web site, www.clintonwi.us.


Total budget


Next year: $1.412 million


This year: $1.407 million


Percent increase: 0.35%


Tax levy


Next year: $703,831


This year: $683,073


Percent increase: 2.95%


Tax rate


(Per $1,000 of assesed valuation)


Next year: $11.41*


This year: $10.56


Percent increase: 8.05%


Note: Percent changes calculated on whole numbers.


* This number is an estimate made by village Administrator Philip Rath.



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