2018-06-07 / Community

Bad Axe council sees recommended 2018-19 budget

By Ben Muir

BAD AXE - The Bad Axe City Council saw a brief presentation at a meeting Monday on the previous year’s finances, along with a recommended 2018-19 budget.

The city is requesting the millage rate for Bad Axe residents to stay at 19.92, which has been the same since 2016 and the maximum limit without going to a vote.

The changes in the general fund over the last year have included matching funds for the ICE Grant, along with higher part time salaries in the Parks and Recreation budget.

The general fund is still dominated by taxes, which accounts for 64 percent—$1,397,261— of the revenue last year. Those funds go mostly to the City of Bad Axe and Huron County— nearly 60 percent in 2017 for principal resident exemptions. For non-principal residents, tax dollars went mostly to Bad Axe public schools—38 percent—and the City of Bad Axe—32 percent. Meanwhile, about 12 percent of the revenue last year came from state shared, and 9 percent came from administration fees.

The city is still paying off $16,205 a year until 2027 on a Colfax Bissett drain millage. And the capital projects and purchases coming include road improvements on North Port Crescent and East Irwin. Soper Road will be paved from Port Crescent to Patterson, along with Thompson Drive and South Port Crescent Road. The county will assist in funding the South Port Crescent paving job. The city is also budgeting for the purchase of another dump truck.

In other board news, the council took action on the following:

• Tricia Fritz was appointed to the Bad Axe Area District Library Board for a two-year term.

• George Taylor was re-appointed to the Bad Axe Area District Library Board for a four-year term.

• The board approved the payment of May bills for $71,942.60.

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