Town of Oregon
2017 Budget Hearing
November 29, 2016
Chairman Wayne Ace called the 2017 Budget Hearing to order at 6:00 pm with six residents present and Clerk Denise Arnold.
Clerk Arnold informed those present the progress on the recount process of the November 2016 Presidential Election. The 2,141 ballots have been delivered along with other reporting documents to the City County Building in Madison. On Sunday, December 4th the Town of Oregon recount is scheduled for 10:00 am. Both Clerk Arnold and Deputy Clerk Hanson will attend and spend the rest of Sunday volunteering to assist other municipalities with their recount. You don’t count your own ballots however you count for other Clerks. There were 856 Absentee ballots and 12 remade ballots.
The Clerk reviewed the annual expenditures for the residents in attendance. The Town Hall renovation was completed under budget. The hall flooring was replaced a new drinking fountain installed, all the Town Hall interior was painted and the entry to the Town Hall was weatherized. There had been some water damage at the front door. Dane Com radio expense continues and will increase despite it is still not in working order. The loan for the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District that is paid to the Town of Dunn has been paid off. That loan was taken out by the Town of Dunn when the OAFED was experiencing some cash flow issues. The tender truck for Brooklyn Fire/EMS and the ambulance for OAFED will both be paid off in 2016 and not reflected in the 2017 budget. The Treasurer’s salary has been eliminated however there are still expenses incurred under that office such as postage, computer programs, etc. Public Works wages were decreased in 2016 because Abel Schultz was off for medical leave. The road repair amount increased to $276,707. The salt shed is full and $42,000 will stay on the budget for 2017. The Senior Center expense will go down slightly. With large expenses, such as the purchase of the Public Works F550 Truck the Town borrowed funds from the Town of Oregon Park Funds to finance that purchase and paid that back before year end. The tender truck for Brooklyn Fire/EMS, and ambulance for OAFED were handled in the same manner. These loans do cause the levy limit to increase. We are receiving the same funds for Shared Revenue from the State of Wisconsin. The Town of Oregon Recycling Center (TORC) is maintaining quite well on punch card revenues and supplemented by an annual grant. The Park Committee installed a new rock wall entrance to the Town Park that is good for bike and pedestrian traffic. The Town sold the V-plow and that income will show in the next quarter.
The 2016 outstanding debt is $151,927 for OAFED and $165,700 Brooklyn Fire/EMS District. The fund balance in 2016 is $852,748 and the Park funds are $281,298.
Clerk Arnold explained the calculation of the 2016 tax levy in the amount of $992,821.
Motion made by Phil Van Kampen and seconded by Fred Clark to approve the 2017 highway expenditures pursuant to section 82.03 (2)(a) of Wisconsin Statues. Motion carried.
Town of Oregon
2017 Budget Hearing
Motion made by Phil Van Kampen and seconded by Arlen Christensen to approve the elected official’s salaries for the same amount as in 2016. Motion carried.
Motion made by Fred Clark and seconded by Arlen Christensen to approve the Town of Oregon Tax Levy for 2016 taxes payable in 2017 in the amount of $992,821. Motion carried.
Motion made by Wayne Ace and seconded by Arlen Christensen to approve continuing education for the Public Works Department. Motion carried.
Motion made by Phil Van Kampen and seconded by Arlen Christensen to adjourn the 2017 Budget Hearing at 6:40 pm. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold