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2/15/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Goose Lake outlines FY15 budget details

by Jennifer Reed Murrell

The Goose Lake City Council met Monday, Feb. 3, to determine the city's budget for fiscal year 2014-15, indicating it may consider developing a water main project for future budgets.

With a number of water main breaks in 2014, mayor Christine Schneider voiced a need for the city to consider a water improvement project.

While fiscal year 2013 saw the completion of several projects including the draining of the city's sewer lagoon and a new roof on the city building that houses the fire department, city hall and several community spaces including Giggle-N-Grow preschool/childcare and the Northeast Alternative School, fiscal year 2014 had only a new air conditioning unit budgeted.

Unfortunately without any specifics on existing water lines and estimated costs it was impossible for the council to budget it for the upcoming 2015 fiscal year.

"I asked Tom (Witt, city water supervisor) two divide the town into areas so maybe we could do this as a five-year project," Schneider said.

While he had no specific plans at this time, Witt verified Emma Court is a loop and suggested another loop be made from the east end of town that would tie into the water line connecting to the Northeast School District's campus, running south between the school and residential properties and back west down Main Street.

By installing new 6-inch line, Witt said Goose Lake residents would see improved water flow and stronger pressure due to the increased volume.

Witt said he would begin collecting information for the council to start planning for such a project.

Budget details outlined

City clerk Teresa Lindstrom led council members through a line-by-line review of the proposed budget, stating with no large projects on the horizon, the budget is "pretty straightforward."

Goose Lake budgeted over $14,000 for public safety which not only includes $5,000 to the town's volunteer fire department, but its annual contract with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department for nearly $9,000 with an additional $550 toward ambulance expenses. The $14,435 amount is $142 higher than the present budget.

Of its $20,500 public works budget, $12,000 was earmarked for roads, bridges and sidewalks, $4,500 for street lighting and another $4,000 for snow removal and street cleaning. The proposed amount is nearly $1,000 less than the current budget.

With nearly $6,000 for the culture and recreation portion of the budget, $2,300 will go toward library services as a mandatory fee based on the town's population. The parks budget was held at $3,000, but council members talked about potentially charging rent for the park pavilion if it was determined additional funds were needed. The proposed budget is $345 lower than the current fiscal year.

In the general fund, a proposed budget of $67,800 includes the wages for the mayor and council along with a portion of the clerk's wages, but also includes legal services, tort liability and the maintenance of city hall and other properties which is $3,200 lower than the current fiscal year due to the elimination of the position of city maintenance person.

Of the revenues outlined in the proposed budget, $44,640 would come from taxes levied on property within the city limits, $24,000 is estimated to be recovered from Clinton County's local option sales tax with another $28,000 from road use taxes and farm-to-market roads reimbursements.

Additional review of more than $146,000 will be from charges for fees and services such as water, sewer and garbage.

Final totals indicate a nearly $4,000 surplus with total revenue estimated at $247,036 and total expenditures at $243,155.

The council will hold a public hearing on the budget before its monthly meeting Feb. 20 at 6:50 p.m. The regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

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