By LeAnn R. Ralph
WHEELER — Wheeler residents will once again be paying the same property tax levy of $49,343 that has been in place since the 2012 budget.
The Wheeler Village Board held a budget hearing and then approved the 2015 budget of $187,369 at the regular board meeting November 11 following the budget hearing.
The 2015 budget of $187,369 is $12,500 less than the 2014 budget of $199,916, noted Robin Goodell, village clerk-treasurer.
The difference between the 2014 budget and the 2015 budget is that the village’s debt service was paid off in 2014, she said.
The debt service payment was for the original loan for the village’s wastewater treatment facility, Goodell said.
According to the 2015 budget document, Wheeler will have no debt service payments next year.
Five years ago, in 2010, the village’s budget was $230,830, or $43,000 more than this year’s budget, with a tax levy of $50,401, or $1,058 more than this year’s levy.
Wheeler is expecting to receive $121,246 in state-shared revenue for the 2015 budget, representing a $112 increase over last year.
Transportation aids from the state are expected to increase by $384 to $9,587 for the 2015 budget.
The general government budget for 2015 is $71,465, representing a $792 decrease over last year, or a 1.1 percent decrease.
The public safety budget for 2015 is $45,283, representing a $44 increase over last year, or one-tenth of a percent.
The public works budget for 2015 is $68,046, representing a $2,100 increase, or 3.19 percent over last year.
The culture and recreation budget of $1,000 represents a $1,400 decrease over last year, or 58 percent less.
Some of the differences between the 2014 budget and the 2015 budget in addition to eliminating the $12,500 debt service payment include a $2,300 decrease for elections; a $1,600 increase for street maintenance and construction; a $1,200 increase for building maintenance; a $1,400 increase for street lighting; a $200 increase for snow removal; a $750 decrease for parks; a $650 decrease for recreational programs and events; and a $1,500 increase for the clerk’s budget.