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Town of Beloit budgets for maintenance in 2009

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ANN MARIE AMES
October 29, 2008
— With construction of a new police headquarters finished and no other building plans in sight, the town of Beloit in 2009 will have a little more money to spend on roads and park maintenance.

What's over will be saved in a building fund, possibly for a new fire station.


The town board Tuesday night saw the final draft of the proposed $5.24 million 2009 budget. The town will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Beloit Town Hall, 2871 S. Afton Road, Beloit.


The proposed budget could increase 5.2 percent over the 2008 budget. The total levy is expected to be $1.82 million, a 2.2 percent increase over 2008.


The town has not yet calculated the tax rate, Administrator Bob Museus said, but he doesn't expect the rate to change much from 2008.


The town will put more money—$698,000—into road construction projects than it did in 2008, according to the draft budget.


The board Tuesday night made only one change to the draft. Board members directed Museus to pull $7,500 from the $59,000 set aside in a new building fund. The fund could be used to study a new fire station, a topic that's been on and off the board's table for more than a year.


The $7,500 instead will be used to study the feasibility of a municipal water main for homes on the east side of the Rock River between Azalea Drive and Glenwood Park, the board decided. The money will not be used for construction, Museus said.


Some homes in the area have wells with water still unsafe for drinking after this summer's floods. Water at Preservation Park on Riverside Drive is not yet fit for drinking, Museus said.


The budget plans for a new fire truck and a new snowplow, Museus said. Like every year, the town plans to buy a new police cruiser.


New fire headquarters on the drawing board

The Beloit Town Board has fresh drawings and numbers on the table for a fire station that's been under discussion for years.


Angus Young Associates architects have presented the board with a conceptual plan for a 20,000-square-foot, $3 million fire station. The town spent $8,600 on the plan.


The board has requested Ehlers and Associates financial consultants to calculate how a $3 million bond would affect the town's finances, Administrator Bob Museus says.


The board could see the finance plans and take up the issue again at a Monday, Nov. 10, workshop meeting.


The town of Beloit has outgrown its fire station at 2445 Afton Road, Fire Chief Dennis Ahrens has said.


In February, the town board rejected Angus Young's proposal for a new $3.4 million fire department and $1.4 million town hall. The two projects would have increased the town's tax levy 22.5 percent, Museus said.


TOWN OF BELOIT BUDGET

A look at the 2009 proposed budget for the town of Beloit:


Highlights: The town does not have any construction plans at this time but has created a building fund for future projects. The first could be a new fire station. The town board plans to buy a new fire truck, a new snowplow, a new police cruiser and put money into road improvements.


What's next?: The Beloit Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Beloit Town Hall, 2871 S. Afton Road, Beloit. The board could take action on the budget after the hearing.


Total budget


Next year: $5.24 million


This year: $4.98 million


Increase: 5.2%


Tax levy


Next year: $1.82 million


This year: $1.78 million


Increase: 2.2%


Tax rate


(Per $1,000 of assessed valuation)


Next year: Not available


This year: $4.53


Change: Not available


Note: Percent changes calculated on whole numbers.



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