Though it is still too early for specifics, a preliminary run-through of the Sturtevant 2016 municipal budget indicates a 1 percent increase in the village mill rate.

Overall, the Sturtevant budget is going up 3 percent, primarily because of increases in health insurance costs for municipal employees and members of the South Shore Fire Department. Sturtevant contracts with Mount Pleasant for fire and rescue services through SSFD.

Because the village had a growth rate of 6.55 percent in net new construction, trustees have the latitude to raise the tax levy by that same amount. Cole believes the budget will come out with a 3 percent increase overall and a 1 percent increase to the mill rate.

Property owners in 2015 paid $8.56 per $1,000 in assessed value; the increase would bring that total to $8.65 per $1,000 of assessed value. A home valued at $100,000 would pay $108.65 for the year.

“There is good news, though,” Village Administrator/Clerk Mary Cole told trustees last week. “State shared revenue will stay the same instead of going down, and state transportation aids is also expected the stay flat.”

Sturtevant in 2015 received over $800,000 in state shared revenue and almost $400,000 in transportation aid.

“We should be happy about that,” Village President Steve Jansen agreed. “Those amounts have gone down every year for the last few years.”

Trustees also need to anticipate paying for a feasibility study for an independent school district. Though Sturtevant could possibly split the cost with either Caledonia, Mount Pleasant or both, the funds would still need to be built into the budget if there isn’t enough leftover somewhere in the 2015 budget.

A decision to move forward with the study would need to be made by the beginning of October for the matter to be included in the 2016 budget.

Board members will continue talking about the 2016 budget at the next continual committee meeting at 6 p.m. August 25 at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.

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