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10/16/2012 3:32:00 AM
Minocqua town board begins work on 2013 budget
Supervisors meet with organizations which receive, request funding
Mark Hartzheim
Minocqua town chairman
Mark Hartzheim
Minocqua town chairman

Town of Minocqua officials last Tuesday met with various organizations that receive funding from the town as supervisors began an in-depth look and preparation of the town’s proposed 2013 budget.

All organizations were asked to submit their funding requests for next year in writing so town officials could ask questions during Tuesday’s budget workshop. All town departments were asked to submit their proposed budgets for 2013 so supervisors could put together the new year’s spending and revenue plan. 

Just a few weeks ago Chairman Mark Hartzheim said he was confident the town could keep the levy at about the same level as in 2012. 

“Things right now appear to be in pretty good shape,” Hartzheim said.

That likely will continue to be the case because, according to information provided by the town for Tuesday’s meeting, there were very few organizations that requested more funds from the town for 2013 than they had received in 2012.

Town officials made no final decisions, but allowed each group time to “give their pitch” for funding from the town for the new year.

The Tomahawk Lake Property Owners Association is seeking a funding increase in 2013 up to $26,000. In 2012 they received $15,000.

In the organization’s formal budget request the group stated, “the funds will be used to offset the costs of chemical and mechanical treatment for Eurasian watermilfoil” and will be used to offset the $120,000 chemical treatment expense in treating invasive species.

The Lakeland Senior Center was to receive $14,000 from the town in 2012. They are requesting an increase to $14,420 for 2013.

The center said the money received “will help out with our very needed transportation service. This project is always in the red.”

Minocqua Public Library officials requested an increase in funding for 2013 of less than 1 percent – going from $477,463 in 2012 to $479,090 in 2013 for an increase of $1,627.

In the budget request, library director Mary Taylor said general library staff members will receive a 2 percent raise in 2013.


Campanile seeks funding

One new request for funding was received from the Campanile Center for the Arts. The organization did not receive any funds from the town in 2012. The organization is seeking $5,000 from the town in 2013.

In the budget request, Campanile officials said they are seeking the money to help move at least one of two projects forward.

In one project the center said it would like to replace “the old, stained, and outdated carpet to finish the lobby renovation which includes a new visual arts gallery which will be used to showcase talent.”

The other option is to use the funds to help complete a landscaping project that would eventually tie in with the town’s Milwaukee Street project. The organization said both projects are at a standstill because of a lack of funds.


Other organizations

The town provides funds for several other community organizations or groups. They also formally presented their requests Tuesday night, but sought no increase.

The groups or organizations and the funds they requested are:

• Minocqua Winter Park – $13,089;

• Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club – $4,000;

• Forest Riders Snowmobile Club – $15,000;

• MinAqua Bats – $8,000;

• Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena – $7,000;

• Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lakes Protection Association – $25,000;

• Pier Willow Senior Center – $400;

• Friends First – $750; and

• Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce – $15,000;

Town officials will discuss budget requests from various town departments at an upcoming meeting.

Town’s existing debt

In preparing the 2013 budget, town officials also listed the following as the debt on which the town is making payments:

• Debt for parking lot work was issued in May 2003. The town needs to make final payment in 2013 of $15,466;

• Debt was issued in 2002 for the police department’s building construction; as of Dec. 31, 2012, the town’s remaining balance on the debt will be $867,759 with the town responsible for a payment of $110,152 in 2013;

• Debt for a 2006 road loan at the end of 2012 will be at $379,121; the town will need to make a payment of $149,580 in 2013;

• The debt for the library expansion at the end of 2012 will stand at $1,482,861; the town will be responsible for a 2013 payment of $110,729;

• Debt for a 2008 road loan as of Dec. 31, 2012, will stand at $1,043,279; the town will be responsible for a payment in 2013 of $201,035; and

• Money borrowed for the town’s sports complex construction will stand at $268,162 at the end of 2012; the town will be responsible for a payment of $22,170 in 2013.

The total for the town’s existing debt at the end of 2012 will stand at $4,056,648.

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.

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