The Bristol Village Board passed a 2022 tax levy with an increase of less than 1%.
The unanimous action took place at a special board meeting following a public hearing on the village budget on Monday.
The 2022 all-purpose tax levy will be $ 1,769,102, which represents an increase of $ 10,894 or 0.62% over 2021. Due to a $ 35,894 increase in valuation, the rate The resulting tax will decrease slightly from 2.65 to 2.64 per $ 1,000 of assessment.
Village administrator Randy Kerkman said the biggest budget challenge was a larger than expected increase in the cost of police protection for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
The annual contract with the Sheriff’s Department to provide a dedicated patrol in Bristol has increased by about 8%, or about $ 30,000. The village expected a 3 or 4 percent increase, Kerkman said at the September council meeting where the contract was approved by the council.
The village is required to provide police protection. The contract is still probably cheaper than the village setting up its own department, Kerkman said in September.
âI expressed our displeasure,â Kerkman said in September. “If it is another 8% next year, there will have to be discussions,” although he stressed that there really is no viable alternative to procurement with the sheriff’s department.
The village is using the money from its fund balance to cover the increase this year, Kerkman said,
The slightly lower tax rate means that homeowners whose property assessments have not changed since last year should see a small decrease in the village’s share of their property taxes.
The village has not performed a village-wide assessment update since 2019. Kerkman said the village will likely need to do a reassessment in 2023.