Collins OKs preliminary budget



OBSERVER Staff Writer

COLLINS – The town of Collins approved its preliminary budget at a recent board meeting. The overall budget amount has decreased about 1.2 percent since 2013.

In a public hearing, which saw no public comment, it was announced the overall appropriations for the town is $2,932,800.26 while the estimated revenue is $1,258,844.23. The unexpended fund balance is $535,370.11. The amount to be raised by taxes, including general fund and special districts, is $1,137,854.92.

Included in the budget is a raise of 2 percent for all town employees, excluding seasonal employees and those on probation; those serving on the town council did not accept a raise. Tessmer also said the rate in water district 3 will remain the same at $4.70.

Supervisor David Tessmer said the allotted budget amount for court revenue is $30,000 is currently under budget for 2013. He said the town will continue to monitor the revenues throughout 2014 and will adjust the following year’s budget as necessary. The town will also continue the transfer station but will increase the tax in the special refuse fund. To offset the tax increases, the town will have a decrease in the DB fund by using fund balance.

“A corresponding increase in the SR fund will be offset by a corresponding decrease in the DB fund,” Tessmer said.

The budget was passed unanimously by the board. The town board also approved to amend the contract for the town park construction. The town will directly pay the steel vendor for the park structure upon receipt of an invoice then modify the existing payment schedule accordingly. The town also approved Holly Siegle as a counselor for the winter recreation program.

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