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Brookfield board outlines 2014 budget

Village Hall in Brookfield.
Village Hall in Brookfield.

BROOKFIELD – The new year will bring a series of improvement projects for the village, according to the draft of the 2014 budget, which was discussed at the public meeting of the Board of Trustees on Nov. 11.

Assistant Village Manager Keith Sbiral said the village will spend about $1 million on street improvements, $560,000 on the planned renovations to Kiwanis Park and $230,000 to replace aging vehicles for Public Works and the Police Department.

Sbiral said the village is devoting more money to capital spending in 2014 and can afford to do so through careful planning and a gradual tightening of the budget over the past few years.

Village President Kit Ketchmark said he asked the staff to start the budgeting project several weeks earlier than usual this year.

Sbiral said that the village is projected to end the 2013 budget year nearly $2,000 in the black. He said the village made more money on property taxes than expected, which helped to pay unforeseen
expenses, such as those resulting from heavy storms in April that compelled the
village to pay workers overtime.

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