Wayland City Council adopts budget, property tax levy does not change
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — After no discussion at the public hearing, the Wayland City Council approved the fiscal year 2013/2014 budget at last night’s city council meeting.
The total tax levy rate per $1,000 taxable valuation on city property and agricultural land did not change from last year. They will remain at $7.35003 and $3.00375 per $1,000 taxable valuation, respectively.
Due to a valuation increase, the revenue from taxes levied on property has increased $13,013. The revenue from taxes levied on property was $123,358 for the 2013 budget and is now $136,371 for the 2014 budget.
While taxes levied on property revenue increased, the total amount of revenues has decreased by $115,167 from the 2013 budget. The total amount of revenues and other sources for the 2013 budget is $2,076,061, while the 2014 budget is $1,960,894.
The total amount of expenditures/transfers out for the 2014 budget also decreased, by $280,672 for the 2014 budget. The 2013 budget has the amount listed at $2,259,811 and the 2014 budget has it listed at $1,979,139.
The beginning fund balance for July 1 for the 2014 budget is $1,064,383 which is a decrease of $183,750 from the 2013 budget at ($1,248,133).
The ending fund balance for June 30 for the 2014 budget is listed at 41,046,138 which is a decrease of only $18,245 from the 2013 budget of $1,064,383.
Also at the council meeting, the city discussed crack sealing the city streets. “I would suggest that we decide which streets we actually do. We don’t have to do crack seal if you don’t want to,” said Barry Leichty of the public works department. “This is something Randy (Morrow) and I could do if we have the right equipment.”
Leichty stressed the importance of finding the right person and equipment for the job before jumping ahead to get something done. “We did this with another guy a while back and it didn’t turn out so well,” he said. “We got shafted,” noted Mayor Brad Roth.
Leichty spoke with Brad Brownell of Kluesner Construction and was convinced he would do a good job for the city. “He’s a reputable guy. You can trust him,” said Leichty. The original estimate from Kluesner Construction for the project is $14,574.42. In Brownell’s estimate, the streets to be worked on would include Main, Jefferson, Jefferson, West Third and Washington. The council decided, however, that it would be more beneficial to only have Main Street worked on at this time. That would also lower the estimated price.
The council agreed to the first three projects listed on the estimate; East Main street, from the east end to North Adams; Main street from North Adams to North Pearl; and North Pearl to North Jefferson. The estimated cost would be $4,122.68.
The council also:
• Set the Spring Clean-up date for May, 31.
• Set a maximum limit and authorized Mayor Roth to bid at an auction for a sander truck.