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By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Village Board has approved a budget of $707,860 for 2019 along with a local property tax levy of $301,203.
The local property levy represents a 2.7 percent increase over the 2018 levy of $293,280, or about an $8,000 increase in the levy, according to the 2019 budget adopted by the Elk Mound Village Board at the December 5 meeting.
During the public hearing held prior to village board’s approval of the budget, no village residents were present to ask questions or make comments.
The mill rate for the village’s property tax levy will be $9.18 per $1,000 of property value, said Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer.
Last year’s mill rate was $8.94 per $1,000 of property value, she noted.
The village’s assessed value has gone up, so the mill rate went down, Hahn said.
The total levy, which includes the county levy, school district levy, technical college levy and the village levy will be $24.89 per $1,000 of property value, compared to a total levy last year of $24.68, she said.
The 2019 general fund budget does not have a contingency fund, although there is a contingency fund in the sewer and water budget.
Steven Abraham, village president, noted that while he was collecting signatures for his nomination papers, he had been asked whether the village was reimbursed for the time Elk Mound Police Chief Chad Weinberger spends at the school district handling issues.
Abraham said he had told the person he did not know, but that he would ask.
The village is not reimbursed by the school district for the time law enforcement spends at the school district, since the school district is located within the village, Hahn said.
The Elk Mound schools are within the village’s jurisdiction, then, and are taken care of, Abraham said.
The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved the 2019 budget.
Voting in favor were Village President Steven Abraham and Village Trustees Deb Creaser-Kipp, Gregg Kipp, Rebecca Livingston, Montana Grotthus, Terry Stamm and Paula Turner.
In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:
• Approved renewing the contract with HydroCorp for cross connection control for commercial properties and public authorities in the village to make sure there is no cross connection contamination between the sewer and water. The two-year contract is the same as the previous contract, said Mark Levra, director of public works. Village employees complete the cross connection inspections for residential, he said. The DNR requires a cross connection program and an annual report.
• Postponed action on the agenda item pertaining to the Elk Mound personnel manual until the next meeting December 19.
• Approved acquiring the Zuercher records management system for the Elk Mound Police Department, based on a recommendation from the public safety committee, at a cost not to exceed $4,000 and $1,000 per year for maintenance.
• Approved moving $4,000 from the Elk Mound Police Department’s 2018 budget to the village’s pooled fund savings to be used for paying for the Zuercher records management system when needed, presumably in January.