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MTZ village board approved budget

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion village board met on December 19 and approved the Municipal Budget for 2023, approved the swearing of a new Mt. Zion police officer and approved the reappointment and confirmation of Bradley Allen to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

At the November 21 meeting, the budget was presented. No comments were received and no one spoke during the public hearing.

The budget includes a general fund amount of nearly $2.9 million. The general fund expenditures under capital expenditures include a $56,000 squad car purchase for the Mt. Zion police department along with a $631,000 ARPAEastside Sanitary project.

Along with that highlight, the Tax increment Financing Fund Route 121 TIF district listed that it will expire in 2043 and that the current balance is $129,339.04. Among those listed is the Tennis Court Rehab Project at Fletcher Park. The project will consist of replacing the four courts facing north with brand new tennis courts. The two facing the south will become pickleball courts. The reasoning for the project is due to cracks around the courts due to Midwest weather and the drainage underneath the courts system needs to be replaced while pickleball courts have been brought up to Village administrators and Village Board members.

The budget was approved 5-0 and the village will finalize the necessary documents for printing and are to go to the Village Board and department heads.

Chief Adam Skundberg and the Mt. Zion police department swore in a new officer. Brock Buuscher joins the staff and will head to the academy on January 8.

Also, Allen was confirmed and reappointed to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Allen will serve a three-year term that ends on December 31, 2025. Alle. Is a Mt. Zion resident and a lieutenant in the Decatur Police Department.

The village board also approved:

-Approved an Annual Tax Levy ordinance.

-Approved an ordinance establishing salary.

-Approved the 5-year capital improvement plan.

The next Mt. Zion village board meeting will be January 17 at 5:15 p.m.

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