Colfax approves moving forward with $1.1 million budget

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  After spending about eight hours all together reviewing numbers, the Colfax Village Board has finally agreed to move forward with the proposed $1.1 million budget for 2013.

The Colfax Village Board held a special meeting November 15 for the latest round of budget discussions.

At a previous meeting, Gary Stene, village president, said he wanted Kathy Morse, who served as the interim clerk-treasurer since shortly after John Jahr’s death in November of 2010 until just this past summer, to review the budget with Jackie Ponto, administrator clerk-treasurer, and then report to the village board.

Stene went on record saying that he would not sign off on the budget until he was sure that he understood the numbers and how they had been calculated.

Morse and Ponto both attended the November 15 special meeting.

Stene did not attend the meeting.

The 2012 budget published in the Colfax Messenger last fall was for $1.7 million.

The 2013 budget is $1.1 million.

No explanation was offered at the November 15 meeting to account for the $600,000 difference.

A public hearing on the 2013 budget for Colfax is scheduled for December 6.

Here are some of the numbers for expenses from the general fund budget:

• Village board — $29,715 for 2013; compared to $30,202 for 2012

• Municipal Court — $145 for 2013; compared to $15,374 for 2012.

• Administration/elections — $112,701 for 2013; compared to $131,988 for 2012.

• Village hall — $18,500 for 2013; compared to $11,515 for 2012.

• Police department — $188,728 for 2013; compared to $186,875 for 2012.

• Fire protection — $99,420 for 2013; compared to $100,315 for 2012.

• Ambulance — $18,352 for 2013; compared to $18,528 for 2012.

• Dunn County solid waste — $16,500 for 2013; compared to $14,470 for 2012.

• Dunn County recycling — $25,884 for 2013, compared to $30,899 for 2012.

• Cemetery — $22,522 for 2013; compared to $19,150 for 2012.

• Colfax Public Library — $119,974 for 2013; compared to $116,525 for 2012.

• Capital outlay — $165,500 for 2013; compared to $277,274 for 2012. The difference in the capital outlay budget relates to the work completed this year on building a new fire station and the energy efficiency project at the Colfax Municipal Building.

• Water utility expenses — $404,594 for 2013; compared to $221,721 for 2012.

• Sewer utility expenses — $210,522 for 2013; compared to $191,818 for 2012.

The water and sewer utility budgets are completely separate from the village’s general fund budget.