Roscoe passes 2018 budget

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ROSCOE - The Roscoe Village Board approved its 2018 budget Tuesday, with next year's fiscal plan taking into account anticipated emergency dispatch consolidation costs and ongoing police station construction.

The overall budget of nearly $5.6 million is up from $4.7 million in 2017, with the largest portion on the increase reflecting a $400,000 transfer from the general fund surplus balance to apply towards construction of the new police department building, according to Village Administrator Scott Sanders.

The $2.35 million project will occupy the same space used previously by the department at 10595 Main St., with the project anticipated to be complete by the summer of 2018.

The board also accounted $100,000 of an anticipated $145,468 cost to cover dispatch services during the Winnebago County effort to consolidate 911 dispatch operations in Winnebago County. The consolidated service will serve nearly all public safety agencies in the county.

The overall public safety budget rests at just over $2.1 million, including the cost of two new squad cars and an increase in the village's police pension contribution, along with covering the dispatch services fee.

The village's tax levy will increase marginally, up 2.5 percent from the previous budget year sitting at $1,357,950. The increase reflects a change from $1,309,407 collected in 2017.

As of Jan. 1, the village will no longer subsidize residential garbage collection, with the board deciding to allocate those funds previously spent on refuse collection to capital projects in the village, Sanders said. The resolution was previously approved heading into Tuesday night's meeting.

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