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Just a heads up, the Caledonia Village Board will be spending $13.3 million of your tax dollars as they finalize the village budget during a hearing at 6 p.m. Monday at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue.

Now, the levy limit — the amount that will be levied on property owners — will be increasing by $56,000 or .42 percent. That amount is on par with the increase they had last year. And since 2007, the levy increases have generally been between .42 and 3 percent. But they will also be charging two new fees on your tax bill, which had previously been paid for in the budget.

The biggest shift in the budget this year is the amount of money the village will spend on capital projects. Instead of spending $95,000, they’ll be spending just over $1 million on road repair projects, and equipment for the fire, police and highway departments.

So how did the Village get $1 million into the budget?

Because they merged the Lake Michigan and Storm storm sewerage districts into one district and are now charging taxpayers a user fee, this freed up about $700,000. They are also charging taxpayers a fire protection fee as a separate line item and that freed up money in the sewer and water budget from the fire protection fee. At the end of the day, this means the Village is still levying about the same amount they did last year, but spending the money on different things.

They are also charging two separate fees — the storm sewerage fee (ERU) and the fire protection fee — in addition to the tax levy.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.