By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — It may have been the night before Thanksgiving, but the Elk Mound president and board of trustees was hard at work last Wednesday night.
The board approved a budget of $625,543 for 2018, which includes a levy of $293,280. The upcoming year’s budget represents a $40,913 dollar decrease from the 2017 budget, and the levy is $9,443 less than last year.
The mill rate is approximately $24.14 per $1,000 in property value, and represents a 50-cent decrease from the previous year’s mill rate.
Line items of note in the budget include a salary of up to $56,160 yearly for a police chief, which is up from the $23,452 budgeted for 2017, and no budget for a part-time police officer, which is down from 2017’s budget of $31,200.
The assembled board also discussed the three remaining candidates for police chief: Chad Weinberger, Mark Bauman and Robert Severud. Interview committee representative Deb Creaser-Kipp said the committee would like to bring all three candidates back for a second round of interviews with the full board.
The board unanimously approved holding the second round of interviews December 13.