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Depending on which part of Caledonia property taxpayers live in will determine whether the mill rate increased or decreased when they see the village portion of the 2014 tax bill.

Click here to see the full budget: Village of Caledonia Budget – 2015.

Village administrator Mark Janiuk told the board at its meeting on Monday that the mill rate for Caledonia residents was set for $6.74 per $1,000 assessed value. This means property owners will pay $1,685 if the property is assessed at $250,000. In 2013, the mill rate varied between $6.05 and $6.91 per $1,000 assessed value depending on which storm water utility district the property was located in.

Because village officials stopped making payments to fund the village’s stormwater utility districts through the tax levy, the money is paid directly by taxpayers to one Caledonia Stormwater Utility District through an annual user fee that is paid by all taxpayers. In the 2013 budget, the board merged the Lake Michigan and Storm storm sewerage districts into one district and are now charging taxpayers a user fee, which will appear for the first time on the 2014 budget and is $65 per equivalent residential unit (ERU). Depending on the size and impervious surfaces of some properties, taxpayers may be charged more than one ERU.

The general fund portion of the Caledonia budget, which includes the majority of the funds the village spends money on, is set at about $13 million, less than a 2 percent increase in spending compared with 2014.

Property taxpayers are slated to foot about $9.2 million of the bill, which is about $16,000 more than what was spent in 2014.

The total tax levy for the village has been proposed at $13.3 million, which includes the general fund, debt service, capital projects, the joint health, joint parks, cemetery, park enterprise, and sewer and water services. The total levy for all funds is frozen for 2015.

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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.