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Sturtevant residents are invited to review the proposed 2015 budget and attend the statutorily required public hearing Nov. 5. Copies of the budget can be found on the village’s website and at Village Hall. The 2015 budget includes a two-cent increase in the mill rate; from $8.57 to $8.59 per $1,000 of assessed value. Homeowners with a house valued at $100,000 in 2014 paid $1,285.95 to the village. In 2015, that same property owner will pay $1,288.95, an increase of $3. Formulas for new growth and debt service allow board members to raise the levy by 3 percent, but the increase only covers the rising cost of doing business. “We won’t be purchasing any new equipment or vehicles for either Public Works or the police department,” Administrator Mary Cole told the board earlier this month. “We are actually below service levels from 10 years ago.” The public hearing will be part of the regular board meeting that begins at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 664-7800. Trustees will vote on a final version of the budget Nov. 18.  

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