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Scotia approves $8.8 million budget

Scotia approves $8.8 million budget

The village of Scotia adopted its $8.8 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Wednesday. The bud

The village of Scotia adopted its $8.8 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Wednesday after a public hearing at its regular meeting.

The budget has a tax levy increase of 0.59 percent and does not exceed the tax cap.

The document was adopted with a 4-1 vote, with Republican Trustee Keven Mathes giving the single dissenting vote.

Since Mayor Kris Kastberg proposed the budget to the village trustees, Mathes has been pleased that it was under the tax cap, but stated opposition to a 1.5 percent pay raise that was given to all non-union village employees and officials.

He also took issue with more funds than last year being taken from the village’s fund balance.

“It was a difficult decision for me to vote against it,” Mathes said today. “The department heads have done an excellent job, and a lot of things are in our favor as we are under the tax cap. . . . But between increases in salary and the increase of dipping into the fund balance, I voted against it.”

Mathes said he didn’t make a motion to amend the budget because he knew without a second, his argument and attempt to make a change would start and end with him.

“We’re the third highest-taxed municipality in the area,” Mathes said, “so I can’t support any increase in pay, even if it’s $2, at this time — not at all.”

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