Proposed Village Of Kewaskum Budget Has Nine Percent Increase

The Kewaskum Village Board has proposed a budget of $2.3 million for 2019. There is still some information from the county and state that will have an impact on the final village mill rate...

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The Kewaskum Village Board has proposed a budget of $2.3 million for 2019. There is still some information from the county and state that will have an impact on the final village mill rate, but the current status of the budget equates to a 9.13 percent increase over the 2018 budget.

That would add approximately $132 to a tax bill on a property assessed at $200,000. The increase is not related to the school district’s building project. The Kewaskum School Board approved the district’s budget on October 29 that reflects a 5.14 percent decrease from the 2017-18 school budget.

The Village of Kewaskum will hold a public hearing on the village’s budget on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. The board is expected to approve the final 2019 budget after the public hearing.

The increase in the village’s budget is due to significant debt that the village incurred in 2017 and 2018 for road projects and the purchase of a rescue engine for the Kewaskum Fire Department.

The costs of the road projects and fire truck were:
– Roseland Drive with water and sewer utilities, $999,479.
– Habeck Street and Keller Street with water and sewer utilities, $838,936
– Edgewood Drive repair base and repave, $338,384
– Rescue engine: $708,435.

“The feedback from taxpayers regarding the improved streets and new engine has been very positive,” Village Administrator Matt Heiser said.

Other areas of the Village budget were reduced to offset the impact of these projects and purchase, Heiser said.

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