Residents in Dresden might see a decrease in their tax rate if the proposed budget is adopted, but some details need to be worked out first.
A public hearing on the proposed budget was held at the Jan. 5 village board meeting, but the spending plan for 2011-2012 was not adopted because of a question about salary increases.
The proposed budget included salary increases for village employees, but during the meeting, Trustee Tom McGuigan said he and Mayor Loujane Johns had agreed that the increase should be reduced to 1.5 percent.
Village Clerk Terry Dilts said she had not been informed of the reduction, and she would need to adjust the budget and call for another public hearing on the plan.
At press time, she said she has not been able to confirm the change with Johns or former Trustee David Wernsing.
The budget that was presented for the public hearing called for a reduction in the tax rate of 24 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or 2.24 percent.
Johns is in a Florida hospital, and Trustee David Wernsing abruptly resigned from the board during the December meeting. Johns then appointed Dan Egburtson to fill his vacancy and named Egburtson the deputy mayor.
Other business at the Jan. 5 meeting included:
• BOAT LAUNCH: The idea for a boat launch in the village has been put on hold because of the cost of the engineering quote. The village will continue to seek grant funds for a project.
• ZONING CHANGES: The village attorney has been asked to draft an amendment to the village code outlining fence height requirements.
• MEETING: The next village board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Dresden Village Hall.