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How does the levy limit impact your community's services? Overall from 2012-2018 Marshall has average 0.43% in net new construction. Because of this the Village has had to continually develop the model of doing more with less. We have had to continually review and decrease the amount of road repaving, projects, etc. We continually have fluctuated with staffing numbers to try and provide the best services for our residents.
How does the levy limit impact your community's budgeting practices and finances, eg, your amount of borrowing? Overall the village tries to maintain a fund balance to cover the unanticipated costs which can occur with large scale replacements of our waste water treatment plant and other village projects. From 2010-2018 we have consistently utilized budgeting fund balance to assist in covering any shortfalls in our general operations budget. A total of $714,183 over the course of 2010-2018 was budgeted to assist in keeping the general operations budget balanced. The Village has looked towards borrowing as a way to extend projects which otherwise would not be able to be handled within the general operations side of the budget. The Village also has extended the normal replacement timeline of items such as park improvements, vehicles, technology updates, building enhancements, and staff replacements to assist in decreasing the impact of having to utilize our fund balance to $167,981.87 over the 8 year period.
How does the levy limit impact your community's staffing levels and employee compensation? As indicated earlier because of the levy limit impact the Village like many other municipalities have been forced to do more with less. We continue to review staffing models to try and operate at a peek performance level with a limited amount of staff. It has made it difficult to retain and compensate employees accordingly who can make the jump to a larger municipality doing the same role for far more compensation.