07/01/11 — Walnut Creek budget approved; no tax hike

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Walnut Creek budget approved; no tax hike

By Aaron Moore
Published in News on July 1, 2011 1:46 PM

The Walnut Creek Village Council approved its 2011-12 budget Wednesday with no tax rate increases and only a few changes in overall spending from last year.

Although the tax rate will remain at 38 cents per $100 of property value, Village Administrator Lou Cook said Wayne County's property revaluation will cause citizens to pay $38,981 more in taxes.

But Cook said most of that additional revenue will go toward paying the village's increased fire taxes.

Even so, Cook said there have been few concerns from citizens over the budget process this year.

"It's a pretty mellow budget," he said. "We try to keep it that way."

Cook said the only concerns raised over spending were about the $37,000 the village is using on a road map project to bring nature trails and a picnic pavilion to the area.

The village will also spend an extra $30,677 on employees' cost of living expenses, as well as money that will be used to help buy a new police car.

Cook said last year's adjusted rate of 30 cents per 100 gallons of water used will stay the same, while commercial sewage rates will change to $2,000 per quarter.