Friday, October 20, 2017

Village Board to Host Public Hearing on 2018 Budget




A Public Hearing on the proposed 2018 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road.

As will be presented at the Public Hearing, the proposed 2018 Budget currently includes a 5.1% ($171,641) increase in the Village tax levy from the previous year. The proposed tax rate for the Village is $2.89 (per $1,000 of assessed value) if approved as currently proposed. If approved as proposed, this would be the Village's first tax rate increase since the 2013 Budget. Also note that the Village's current tax rate (for the 2017 Budget year) is the lowest rate in Brown County when compared to other cities, villages and urban towns.

Major changes as included in the proposed 2018 Budget are as follows:
  • Approximately $116,800 increase in the Village's debt obligations.
  • The addition of one patrol officer contracted from the Brown County Sheriff's Office to meet the Village's public safety needs. Approximately $142,000 for officer wages/benefits and supporting supplies and equipment.
  • Approximately $50,000 increase for Green Bay Metro bus services within the Village. Required as part of Metro's implementation of a new east-side hub and expansion of services in the Village.

Other key changes include, but are not limited to, increased funding for management of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), funding for increased elections in 2018, funding health insurance cost increases of 13% for our employees, internal IT and phone upgrades.

Funding of these projects and improvements with only a 5.1% levy increase is possible due to increases in other Village revenue sources as well as strategic cuts or decreases in other areas of the Village budget. The Village Board, along with staff, completed a full-day review session in early October as well as additional reviews during regular Board meetings to develop the current proposed 2018 Budget.

The proposed 2018 Budget as well as the proposed 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan is available on the Finance & Budget page of the Village website. A copy is also available for public review at the Bellevue Village Office at 2828 Allouez Avenue during regular business hours.

Any questions regarding the Village Budget can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator at agorall@villageofbellevue.org.