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Officials look ahead to promising budget

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer
CLIFFORD — If all goes according to plan, Clifford Village officials should be able to put a little money away in reserves according to the proposed 2012-2013 budget.
Next year’s budget projects revenue of $222,525 and estimates expenses at $217,352 with a beginning fund balance of about $124,000.
To support the budget, the millage rate was set at 12.5 mills for general operation and 5 mills for streets.
Also, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) budget of $190,000 was approved. Some of the items included in that budget are $20,000 in matching funds for the village hall, $5,000 for sidewalk repair, $20,000 for street repair, $15,000 for water tower maintenance, $10,000 for the senior complex center, $25,000 for the elevator renovation, $5,000 for beautification, and $65,000 for future projects.
In another money-related matters, the council decided not to give raises, and also went on record objecting to proposed legislation transfer from villages and cities that receive less than $50,000 in transportation funds to the county road commission.
A resolution supporting Michigan Municipal League’s effort to get the bill voted down was approved and copies of the village’s objection sent to state lawmakers.
Although the clerk, treasurer, and DPW will not get raises, receiving a one-time 2.5 percent payment of their annual gross pay was approved.
With that one-time payment, $271 will go to the clerk, a one-time payment of $136 to the treasurer, and $998 to the DPW, explained Clerk Laura Fenton.
Also, due to lack of participation, there will no longer be an annual Christmas dinner or Christmas candy and cookies given out to village residents this year.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at drier@tcadvertiser.com.

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