By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — For the first time in five years, the tax levy for the village of Elk Mound will be increasing.
The Elk Mound Village Board approved the tax levy of $272,254 for the 2015 budget at the November 19 meeting.
The tax levy represents a $13,000 increase.
Pat Hahn, village clerk treasurer, reported at last year’s tax levy meeting in November that the levy of $259,000 would be the same as it had been for the past four years.
Elk Mound will be receiving about $10,000 less in state aid and in state transportation aid, Hahn reported at the November 19 meeting.
If the $13,000 increase in the levy is not used, the money can be put into the village’s contingency fund, she said.
The mill rate for village residents will be $8.27 per $1,000 of property value, Hahn said.
The net mill rate, including the county, village and school district, without any credits applied, will be $26.86 per $1,000 of property value, Hahn told the village board.
The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved the tax levy of $272,254.
Village trustees Tom Gilbert and Paula Turner were absent from the meeting.
Village president Andy Peterson and village trustees Tony Schrantz, Pat McDougall, Chad Mousel, and Travis Wenzel voted “yes” on the motion to set the tax levy.
The Elk Mound Village Board did not discuss the 2015 budget.
In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:
• Learned that after receiving quotes of $2,476 and $2,900 for a new fuel tank for the public works department truck No. 1, Mark Levra, director of public works, had a fuel tank for the truck made at a cost of $1,191, representing a savings of $1,285 or $1,700 respectively.
• Received a reminder that the village board terms for Peterson, Gilbert, McDougall and Turner will expire in April of 2015 and that candidates can start circulating nomination papers December 1 and must turn in the nomination papers by 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 6.
• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Eric Hill for the Mounds View Store.
• Approved contracting with Hydro Designs for the commercial cross connection inspections for 2015 at a cost of $1,680. Elk Mound public works employees do their own residential inspections, but the commercial inspections are much more complicated, Levra said. The state Department of Natural Resources requires the cross connection inspections. The $1,680 fee includes Hydro Designs scheduling the commercial inspections; doing the inspections; following up on the inspections with non-compliance letters when necessary; and filing a report with the DNR.