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The Caledonia village board got a first look at its proposed 2015 budget, which was essentially frozen at $13.3 million for 2015. Village administrator Mark Janiuk walked the village board through the numbers at its meeting held Monday. If approved by the village board, taxpayers would foot $9.17 million, or less than a .2 percent increase, to pay for the general fund spending. Because the village board does not have the state assessments yet, the proposed mill rate has not been set. The budget includes spending $55,000 plus benefits for an additional police officer, an increase in animal protection from $22,000 to $30,689, and a $55,000 increase in the amount Caledonia is required to pay to the City of Racine for revenue sharing. While these numbers are preliminary, the village board will hold a number of budget-related meetings over the next several weeks to hammer out the final numbers.

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