Home » News » Budget progress discussed in Bellevue

Budget progress discussed in Bellevue

By Josh Staloch
Staff Writer

BELLEVUE – The Village of Bellevue is getting closer to finalizing its 2022 budget. 

Though officials won’t have the exact assessed or equalized values for the village until later this month, board members discussed the second draft of the budget at its Oct. 13 meeting. 

The total proposed tax levy for 2022 stands at $4,514,369, an increase of $413,824 or 9.23% over the 2021 levy of $4,100,545.

Interim Village Administrator Andrew Vissers said the total proposed levy for the village includes a general fund levy of $3,615,167 and a debt service tax levy of $899,202.

He said the village’s tax rate is expected to increase by about 25 cents, moving to $2.98 per $1,000 of property value up from last year’s $2.73.  

“I think the village is considering a budget that will move the community forward,” Vissers said. “We hope to address a major concern for public safety, to put more hours behind our policing. We’ll have the ability to back-fill these shifts, allowing us to have someone to fall back and cover those shifts.”

Budget highlights include

• Earlier this month, the Village Board voted unanimously to proceed with an option to add additional police coverage to the village, back-filling the current 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. shifts. 

Vissers said this will provide an additional 16 hours of coverage every day during periods of high call volume, and results in a yearly increase of $234,458 to the law enforcement budget.

• Of the $71,259 increase for law enforcement, $35,587 is going toward the base contract with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and $31,000 toward squad car replacement. 

The squad car purchase was approved by the board in August, with delivery expected in 2022.

• The village’s Fire Department Consolidation Agreement contract with Green Bay Metro Fire resulted in an increase of $117,183, primarily associated with the cost of adding three additional firefighters.

• There will be two more elections administered by the village in 2022 than there were in 2021, and the operational cost of those extra elections will result in an increase of $33,529 to the General Government Fund.

• The village’s Vehicle Operations and Maintenance Fund, used to cover major purchases and maintenance of items, such as plows and front-end loaders, is set to increase by 10% for a total of $407,962 in 2022, $96,151 more than the previous year’s total of $311,811.

• Village employees will see a 24% increase to their health insurance premiums, with the village covering 85% of that cost.

• A $31,451 increase in the Community Development Fund is being attributed mostly to a one-time cost of $25,000 to hire a consultant to lead the required 10-year update to the village’s comprehensive plan, as well as $3,000 to replace a six-year old laptop.

“Based on a community our size, I think the business community as well as the residential community will appreciate the efforts,” Vissers said.

Facebook Comments
Scroll to Top