Proposed Geneva budget is up a bit

    The Geneva Town Council reviewed the proposed 2013 town operating budget of $574,767 at its meeting this week. The proposed budget, prepared by Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren, is $20,980 more than the 2012 budget.
    The budget proposal for 2013 outlines $409,139 of spending from the General Fund and $165,628 from the Motor Vehicle-Highway Fund.
    The budget will be reviewed again next month. A public hearing will be held in September, and the town expects to adopt the budget in October.
    Also at the meeting, town salary ordinances were approved which include a one percent increase in wage plus $400 for fulltime employees and a two percent increase in wage for part-time employees.
    In other business, Warren outlined a town economic development plan using the town's share of CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) money. In 2013, Geneva will receive $65,816 in CEDIT money, of which 50 percent is designated for Adams Memorial Hospital. The remaining funds will go to paying down the Hanni building and town maintenance building loans, funding for the Adams County Economic Development Corp., and the industrial site land acquisition or walking trail expenses.
    In 2014, the town will receive the same amount of CEDIT money. Again, 50 percent will go to the hospital, and the remainder will be designated for funding for the Adams County Economic Development Corp. and the town maintenance building loan.
    An ordinance for the plan was approved on the first of three readings. In other ordinances, an unsafe building ordinance and a snow route ordinance were approved on the final readings.
    Town council members gave their approval to hold a public hearing asking for an additional appropriation of $12,620 for the General Fund yet this year. The money will be divided among garage and motor expenses for fuel costs, police equipment for an 800 MHz radio and also for a warning siren.