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Proposed Colfax Rescue Squad 2017 budget to increase by $7,000 but no change in per capita

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  The proposed 2017 budget for the Colfax Rescue Squad shows an increase of $7,000 in revenue and an increase of $6,000 for expenses, but the per capita charge will remain at $16.17.

The Colfax Village Board’s public safety committee reviewed the proposed budget August 17 in preparation for the Colfax Rescue Squad’s annual meeting August 23.

The increase in revenue of $6,792 includes $6,000 more for public charges for services billed and an increase of $792 in per capita fees for member municipalities, according to the proposed budget Don Knutson, director of the Colfax Rescue Squad, presented to the public safety committee.

The increase in per capita fees is due to an increase in population in the service area and not because the per capita is increasing, Knutson said.

The per capita charge has been $16.17 for the past three years, since 2013.

The biggest increase in population is the Town of Elk Mound with 35 additional people, going from 1,869 in 2015 to 1,904 in 2016, according to information Knutson provided to the committee.

The Village of Colfax and the Village of Elk Mound have each lost three people, while the Town of Sand Creek and the Village of Wheeler are down by one person.

The Town of Colfax has gained one person, while the Town of Grant has gained three people, and the Town of Otter Creek and the Town of Tainter have each gained nine people.

The proposed per capita total for the Village of Colfax will be $18,158.91. The proposed per capita total for the Town of Colfax will be $20,309.52.

Under the proposed per capita, the Village of Elk Mound will pay a total of $14,100.24; the Town of Elk Mound will pay $30,787.68; the Town of Grant will pay $6,338.64; the Town of Otter Creek will pay $8,165.85; the Town of Sand Creek will pay $9,346.26; the Town of Tainter will pay $19,484.85; and the Village of Wheeler will pay $5,594.82.

The proposed expense budget for 2017 of $465,100 represents an increase of $5,951.

Increases in the proposed budget include $3,439 more for payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare); $1,700 more for employee benefits (insurance); an additional $1,300 for insurance; and $1,000 more for uncollectible debt.

Decreases in the expense budget include $1,000 less for unemployment; $2,000 less for vehicle supplies (gas and oil); $1,000 less for workers compensation insurance; and $1,000 less for outside services.

After the Colfax Rescue Squad’s annual meeting, the Colfax Village Board must approve the proposed 2017 budget before it can go into effect on January 1.

The rescue squad’s proposed budget is finished earlier than the village’s other budgets because the rescue squad is required to hold an annual meeting with the member municipalities before September 1, Knutson said.