Township reviews 2018 budget

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TOWN OF BELOIT - A draft of the Town of Beloit's 2018 proposed budget shows a slight decrease in both revenues and expenditures in the coming fiscal year.

The proposed expenditures for 2018 are estimated at $5,519,017, while the town budgeted $5,557,067 for 2017 and spent $3,722,508 as of Aug. 31. The town foresees netting $5,525,399 in revenue for 2018, a decrease from 2017's budgeted amount of $5,577,067. The town actually brought in $4,158,244 of revenue, as of Aug. 31.

Town administrator Ian Haas said the town board will hold three budget workshops before likely adopting the budget on Nov. 20. The budget workshop for the police and administration was held on Oct. 9. The workshop for the department of public works, storm water and sewer and debt service will be on Oct. 23. The workshop for fire and EMS and all special revenue will be on Nov. 13. Haas said the budget numbers in the draft will likely change, though he expects those changes will be minimal.

Major changes include:

• A 59.2 percent decrease in legal services expenses relating to incorporation, from $96,973 in 2017 to the proposed amount of $40,000 in 2018. The town actually spent $28,937 as of Aug. 31. Haas said he doesn't expect the town to have as much expenses related to incorporation, and there will be some funds left over from the last year.

• Administrative payroll is down 7.1 percent from $56,320 in 2017 to the proposed amount of $53,320. Haas said this reflects the town not receiving another matching grant to hire an intern.

. A 7.2 percent increase in clerk payroll from $71,374 in 2017 to the proposed $76,545 in 2018 is to get Town Clerk Karry DeVault up to a comparable salary.

• A 4.4 percent decrease in finance payroll from $77,593 in 2017 to $74,182 in 2018 reflects new Finance Director/Treasurer Sara Burns still being in a probationary period. She will receive a $5,000 raise when that probationary period ends next year.

• A 5.4 percent increase in the fire department's payroll from $874,072 in 2017 to $920,949 mostly is due to standard raises, Haas said.

• The police department saw a 1.1 percent increase in payroll, from $869,854 in 2017 to the proposed amount of $879,603.

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