Orchard City considers $1.9 million budget

By Hank Lohmeyer

Orchard City trustees got their first glimpse of the town's proposed 2017 budget document at their regular meeting Oct. 12.

The budget proposal delivered to trustees calls for a total $1.93 million in planned spending for next year.

Totals for each of the town's five budget funds break down as follows: general fund $375,471; road fund $284,493; water fund $978,386; water capital construction fund $236,000; and park fund $58,730.

There will be one additional office staff person hired, paid from the general fund.

In the road fund, the 2017 draft budget proposes spending $15,000 on shouldering; $10,000 on culvert repair; $15,000 in crack sealing projects; $50,000 on chip-and-seal maintenance projects; and $100,000 in asphalt overlay projects.

The trustees at their October meeting also approved an amendment to the 2016 budget by adding $15,000 in road crack sealing for this year.

Another road item taken up at the board's September work session concerned the lack of funds for road work. That has led to talk of a sales tax proposal to fund, at least in part, town roads. However, new board members since that time have noticed a substantial road fund cash carryover of $444,528 for 2017.

In the water fund, an additional water department worker, and a GPS survey locate of every element of the distribution system, are proposed.

The $5-per-month water capital construction fee that town water customers pay has accumulated over $1 million at the beginning of 2017. The fund will be tapped to pay for $236,000 in improvement including work on pressure reducing valves in the distribution system.

A proposed $300,000 replacement of water lines in the Del Ray subdivision has been taken off the work schedule for this year as the water lines there have been performing well all year.

In the park fund, equipment replacement and repair tops the expenditure list totaling $58,730 in projects.