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Impacts of Levy Limits

Posted on: March 19, 2019

Village of Kingston

Kingston

How does the levy limit impact your community's services?  Village provides garbage collection at a cost of $32,000 per year which is a large portion of our budget. If we charge for garbage collection then we need to decrease our shared revenue...lose/lose for us. Ambulance service is provided by ambulance outside our community which we pay a share of annually as is police protection. No money left over for road repair, emergency capital expense, etc. I always tell my board I don't know how we would pay for a new furnace if the one at the Village Hall ever breaks...and I think it is as old as the building ( 50 plus years!!)...heck I even struggle to find money to replace computer if needed...

How does the levy limit impact your community's budgeting practices and finances, eg, your amount of borrowing?  It is a struggle and we are lean and mean...as I said above, no money for extras. Did have to borrow for major road repair and shoreline repair that needed to be done. It is tough!!! Reserves??? what are those???

How did the levy limit impact your community's staffing levels and employee compensation?  No wage increases in the Village for years!!! I have been doing this for 10 years and the wage I receive was in place probably 10 years.

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