Fonda adopts budget

FONDA – The village adopted its 2014-15 budget Monday.

The budget totals $966,080, which is a decrease of about $132,006, or 13 percent, compared to the current village budget.

The adopted budget has a tax rate decrease, from the current $7.93 to $7.88 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Treasurer JoAnn Downing said the tax levy for the 2014-15 budget is $206,500, which is an increase of 2.48 percent. She said the use of less fund balance and an increase in total taxable value helped increase the tax levy.

For 2013-14, $184,000 was used from the village’s fund balance. For the 2014-15 budget, the village will use $79,000.

The village purchased new equipment such as a dump truck, street sweeper and a zero-turn-radius lawnmower on this year’s budget, so next year equipment purchases won’t be necessary, Downing said.

Appointments

Also, at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Bill Peeler made new village appointments from a Skype video call in Florida.

Peeler appointed Trustee Tim Healey to be deputy mayor. He reappointed Downing as the treasurer/clerk, Chris Weaver as the street and water commissioner, Michael Albanese as the village attorney, Ron Hinkle as the building and fire code enforcer and Beverly Guiffre as the village historian.

Bob Galusha, the current deputy mayor, was re-elected to the board even though he didn’t want to serve anymore. Galusha has decided to stay on the board for another year until the next election when the village will try to replace him.

“I’m happy Mr. Galusha has retired the idea of retirement for now,” Peeler said. “I really appreciate it and I know the village does too.”